Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff with contributions by Ed Morales

With new contributions by Latinx scholar Ed Morales and adapter Rebecca Stefoff, based on newly available scholarship, here is a new and revised edition of Howard Zinn’s seminal text, A Young People’s History of the United States. A new chapter, introduction, conclusion and further updates throughout the book expand our understanding of Latinx history in the U.S. through the political movements and cultural contributions of Latino Americans, as well as expanded coverage of Native history and Asian American activism.

This now-classic work of radical and activist U.S. history gives readers the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for worker’s rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the recent protests against continued American imperialism, Howard Zinn presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

Published by Seven Stories Press, 2023.

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Table of Contents


  • Introduction • p. ix
  • Columbus and the Indians • p. 1
  • Black and White • p. 23
  • Who Were the Colonists? • p. 39
  • Tyranny Is Tyranny • p. 57
  • Revolutions • p. 71
  • The Women of Early America • p. 89
  • As Long As Grass Grows or Water Runs • p. 105
  • War With Mexico • p. 121
  • Slavery and Emancipation • p. 135
  • The Other Civil War • p. 153
  • Robber Barons and Rebels • p. 169
  • The American Empire • p. 185


  • Class Struggle • p. 201
  • World War I • p. 219
  • Hard Times • p. 235
  • World War II and The Cold War • p. 257
  • Black Revolt and Civil Rights • p. 275
  • Vietnam • p. 2 97
  • Surprises • p. 313
  • Under Control? • p. 333
  • Politics As Usual • p. 347
  • Resistance • p. 361
  • The End Of The Twentieth Century • p. 375
  • The “War On Terrorism” • p. 389
  • War In Iraq, Conflict At Home • p. 403
  • “Rise Like Lions” • p. 421
  • Glossary • p. 427
  • Index • p. 429
  • About the Authors • p. 448

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