Howard Zinn takes us back a century to a newly industrialized America, the time of robber barons and tycoons, of tenements bursting with immigrants, of dramatic and often violent labor struggles like Haymarket and Homestead. Zinn’s cast includes Cornelius Vanderbilt and Andrew Carnegie, the young J. Edgar Hoover, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and George Bernard Shaw. But his focus, as ever, is on the organizers and agitators in the laboring and immigrant communities, a cast as colorful as any novel, like Ben Reitman, the king of the hobos; Alexander Berkman, author of Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist; Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, anarchist organizers whose arrest, conviction, and execution on trumped-up murder charges produced storms of protest around the world; and Emma Goldman, feminist, anarchist, propagandist extraordinaire for free love and against capitalist exploitation, for direct action, and against oppression.” [Publisher’s description.]

Produced by David Barsamian. Released by AK Press, 2001.



01) Historical Education
02) Finding Anarchism
03) Make Some Connection
04) Cigar Strikes & the Gilded Age
05) Haymarket
06) Manhattan Cafes
07) Homestead
08) Direct Action
09) Assassin
10) I’ll Talk When I Damn Please
11) In Love With the King of the Hobos
12) On Trial
13) In Prison & the USSR
14) Exile


01) Alternative History
02) Justice Is Always Alive
03) Sedition
04) Bomb & the Palmer Raids
05) Are You an Anarchist?
06) They’re Italians
07) They Ran Like Foreigners
08) Three Important Citizens
09) Execution
10) Struggle for Existence


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