A People’s History of The United States  fails as a serious work of history because it lacks the basics of the scholarly discipline.

It is often presented at a “textbook” by those enthralled with Zinn’s provocations.

It also fails miserably as a text, for it lacks even the slightest pretense of objectivity.

Social media academics(Twitterstorians…seriously?)  pass allegiance to Zinn’s nonsense as the new sense of being “woke.”

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The late, great Cornell historian, Michael Kammen summarized Zinn best in 1980:

 

Zinn’s gravest error of commission is to include too many tedious snippets as well as lengthy quotations from radical historians. Not only does the book read like a scissors-and-paste-pot job, but, even less attractive, so much attention to historians, historiography and historical polemic leaves precious little space for the substance of history….We do deserve a people’s history; but not a single-minded, simpleminded history, too often of fools, knaves and Robin Hoods. We need a judicious people’s history because the people are entitled to have their history whole; not just those parts that will anger or embarrass them.

 

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