A Young People’s History of the United States

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn with Rebecca Stefoff. 2009. 464 pages.
A young adult version of the best-selling A People’s History of the United States.

  • Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, All US History | Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBT, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8 | Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction

youngphIn paperback with illustrations, this is the young adult edition of Howard Zinn’s classic telling of American history. A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn with Rebecca Stefoff brings to U.S. history the viewpoints of workers, people who are enslaved, 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’ arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians; then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn presents a radical 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. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9781583228692 | Published by Seven Stories Press.


Book Preview

Related Materials

There are 5 comments by other visitors:

  • Does anyone know if anyone has developed study guides for this book?

    Response shared by Matt Bello — February 24, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

  • I would love to know if anyone has written study guides or even lesson plans for this book. I want to teach this to my 11 year old son and would love some help.

    Response shared by Star Jossy — June 1, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

  • Zinn is sometimes used in lessons from Reading Like a Historian (http://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh), along views that may contrast or take a different point of view — a good way to challenge kids to think for themselves. Zinn tends to resonate with students – almost all of mine have asked for copies of the book — wish I could give it to each of them! I teach 8th grade.

    Response shared by Rhonda Feder — February 17, 2014 @ 11:48 am

  • I really hope the error on page 143, referring to “Fort Sumter, North Carolina” has been corrected.

    Response shared by It's SOUTH Carolina friends — August 23, 2014 @ 5:56 pm

  • I made a study guide for this book. If you would like it, you can email me parkand@gmail.com

    Response shared by someone — June 5, 2016 @ 4:16 am

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.