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The Oppressed Dr Howard Zinn s A People s History of the United States might bebetter titled A Proletarian s History of the United States In the firstthree chapters Zinn looks at not only the history of the conquerorsrulers and leaders but also the history of the enslaved theoppressed and the led Like any American History book covering the timeperiod of 1492 until the early 1760 s A People s History tells thestory of the discovery of America early colonization by Europeanpowers the governing of these colonies and the rising discontent ofthe colonists towards their leaders Zinn however stresses the role ofa number of groups and ideas that most books neglect or skim over theplight of the Native Americans that had their numbers reduced by up to90 by European invasion the equality of these peoples in many regardsto their European counterparts the importation of slaves into Americaand their unspeakable travel conditions and treatment the callousbuildup of the agricultural economy around these slaves thediscontented colonists whose plight was ignored by the rulingbourgeoisie and most importantly the rising class and racial strugglesin America that Zinn correctly credits as being the root of many of theproblems that we as a nation have today It is refreshing to see a bookthat spends space based proportionately around the people that livedthis history When Columbus arrived on the Island of Haiti there were39 men on board his ships compared to the 250000 Indians on Haiti Ifthe white race accounts for less than two hundredths of one percent ofthe island s population it is only fair that the natives get more thanthe two or three sentences that they get in most history books Zinncites population figures first person accounts and his owninterpretation of their effects to create an accurate and fair depictionof the first two and a half centuries of European life on the continentof North America The core part of any history book is
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