The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known (Book)


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Dramatic Readings Celebrating the Enduring Spirit of Dissent

The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known — To celebrate the millionth copy sold of Howard Zinn’s great People’s History of the United States, Zinn drew on the words of Americans—some famous, some little known — across the range of American history with commentary interwoven by Zinn. These words were read by a remarkable cast at an event held at the 92nd Street YMHA in New York City that included James Earl Jones, Alice Walker, Jeff Zinn, Kurt Vonnegut, Alfre Woodard, Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover, Myla Pitt, Harris Yulin, and Andre Gregory. From that celebration, this book was born. Collected here under one cover is a brief history of America told through dramatic readings applauding the enduring spirit of dissent. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by HarperCollins, 2004.

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Note • p. ix

1. Introductory Excerpt from A People’s History of the United States • p. 1

2. Columbus and Las Casas • p. 3

3. Shays’ Rebellion • p. 5

4. Lowell Mill Girl • p. 7

5. Indian Removal • p. 9

6. Women’s Declaration of Rights • p. 11

7. Frederick Douglass • p. 15

8. John Brown and Frederick Douglass • p. 17

9. Henry Turner • p. 21

10. Mark Twain • p. 25

11. IWW and Lawrence Strike • p. 29