By Howard Zinn
A younger People's background of the us brings to US background the viewpoints of employees, slaves, immigrants, girls, local american citizens, and others whose tales, and their impression, are infrequently integrated in books for youngsters. a tender People's heritage of the us is usually a spouse quantity to the folk communicate, the movie tailored from A People's heritage of the USA and Voices of a People's historical past of the United States.
Beginning with a glance at Christopher Columbus's arrival in the course of the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then top the reader throughout the struggles for employees' rights, women's rights, and civil rights through the 19th and 20th centuries, and finishing with the present protests opposed to persisted American imperialism, Zinn within the volumes of a tender People's heritage of the U.S. offers an intensive new approach of realizing America's background. In so doing, he reminds readers that America's actual greatness is formed via our dissident voices,...
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The colonists grew tobacco to sell to England, but the English set the price. Each year, the king of England made a large profit from the Virginia colony. Most people in Virginia had supported the rebellion. One member of Governor Berkeley’s council said that the rebels wanted to take the colony out of the king’s hands and into their own. Another said that the Indian problem was the original cause of Bacon’s Rebellion, but that poor people had joined because they wanted to seize and share the wealth of the rich.
Not only the Iroquois but other Indian tribes behaved in similar ways. So Columbus and the Europeans who followed him did not come to an empty wilderness. They came to a world that was, in some places, as crowded as Europe. The Indians had their own history, laws, and poetry. They lived in greater equality than people in Europe did. Was “progress” enough of a reason to decimate their population and wipe out their societies? The fate of the Indians reminds us to look at history as something more than just a story of conquerors and leaders.
But after the war, the British government tightened its control over those colonies, because they were valuable. Britain needed taxes from the colonists to help pay for the war. Also, trade with the colonies brought large profits to Great Britain every year. But unemployment and poverty were rising in the colonies. Poor people wandered the streets, begging. At the same time, the richest colonists controlled fortunes worth millions in today’s dollars. There were many very poor people but only a few very rich people.
A Young People's History of the United States. Columbus to the War on Terror by Howard Zinn