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Truth Has a Power of Its Own: Conversations About A People's History

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Never before published, an extraordinarily inspiring and radical conversation between Howard Zinn and PBS and NPR journalist Ray Suarez, wherein American history is turned upside down

Truth Has a Power of Its Own is an engrossing collection of never-before-published conversations with Howard Zinn—conducted by the distinguished broadcast journalist Ray Suarez in 2006—that covers the course of American history from Columbus to the War on Terror from the perspective of ordinary people—including slaves, workers, immigrants, women, and Native Americans.

Viewed through the lens of Zinn’s own life as a soldier, historian, and activist—and using his paradigm-shifting People’s History of America as a point of departure—these conversations explore the American Revolution, the Civil War, the labor battles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, U.S. imperialism from the Indian Wars to the War on Terrorism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and the fight for equality and immigrant rights, all from an unapologetically radical standpoint. Published to coincide with the tenth-anniversary of Zinn’s death, admirers and a new generation of readers alike will be fascinated to learn about Zinn’s thought processes, rationale, motivations, and approach to his now-iconic historical work.

Suarez’s probing questions and Zinn’s humane (and humorous) voice—and his keen moral vision—shine through these lively and thought-provoking conversations, showing that Zinn’s work is as relevant as ever.

ISBN-13: 9781620975176

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: New Press The

Publication Date: 09-03-2019

Pages: 256

Product Dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Howard Zinn (1922–2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist and the author of the bestselling A People’s History of the United States. He received the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction and the Eugene V. Debs Award for his writing and political activism. Ray Suarez is co-host of the public radio program and podcast World Affairs. He was chief national correspondent for PBS NewsHour and the host of Talk of the Nation on NPR. He is the author of several books, including Latino Americans. He lives in Philadelphia and Washington.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ray Suarez 1

Part I "Change the Story": American Beginnings 11

Part II "They Rebelled": The Long Nineteenth Century 79

Part III "They Began to Organize": The Twentieth Century and Beyond 151

Index 209