A People’s History of the United States: A Lecture at Reed College

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A scintillating lecture and discussion by the legendary teacher, historian, playwright, and activist. Here Zinn explains with great humor and passion how his teaching, his history, and his activism are parts of the same project. The stories of social movements—labor, civil rights, feminists, anti-war—are usually left out or grossly distorted in mainstream history writing. The efforts of Zinn and others to recover and pass on those stories offers to their students, to their readers, and to us, models, ideas, inspirations for how and why we might go about challenging and changing the structures of power. [Publisher’s description.]

Producer by David Barsamian. Recorded live at Reed College, Portland, Oregon on Nov. 20, 1995.

2 disc-set. Released by AK Press, 2001.

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DISC 1

01) Machiavelli and Teaching
02) Professionalism and Morality
03) Mumia Abu-Jamal
04) History Profession
05) Objectivity
06) Making Choices
07) History Standards
08) Best and the Brightest
09) Mexican War
10) Conquest of the Philippines
11) Having a Point of View
12) Same Old Story
13) Un-American Activities
14) Class Consciousness
15) Emile Zola’s “Germinal”
16) Class Struggle
17) American Revolution
18) Founding Fathers

DISC 2

01) Corporate Welfare
02) Class Legislation
03) Labor History
04) Ludlow Massacre
05) World War II: “The Good War”
06) Civil Rights Movement
07) Power of the People
08) How Social Change Happens
09) Why Solidarity Matters
10) Need to Act
11) Creating New Possibilities
12) Strikes, Unions and Civil Disobedience
13) Unreported Resistance
14) Good Doctor