Film. Directed by Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, and Anthony Arnove. 2009. 110 minutes.
Dramatic readings and performances based on Voices of a People’s History and A People’s History of the United States.
The People Speak, the feature documentary inspired by A People’s History of the United States and based on live readings of Voices of a People’s History of the United States, offers readings and performances of letters, diary entries, speeches, and songs from throughout U.S. history.
Narrated by Howard Zinn, this DVD is an extended version of the film that aired on the History Channel in December 2009. This is an essential resource for every history teacher.
The extended edition of the film features dramatic readings by: Matt Damon, Danny Glover, Kerry Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Sandra Oh, Sean Penn, Lupe Fiasco, Rosario Dawson, Don Cheadle, Michael Ealy, and Staceyann Chin, and musical performances by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, and many other noted artists.
ISBN: 9781422974599 | Directed by Chris Moore, Howard Zinn, and Anthony Arnove.
Selected individual performances (including some from the film and others) that can be used in the classroom are online at Voices of a People’s History.
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I have organized my interdisciplinary 2 credit American Studies course around the theme of American identity; for the midterm student must write an essay showing the evolution of our identity, using specific history and literature examples which they explain and analyze from 3 of our 5 units. Throughout the course, they read A Peoples’ History of the United States as a companion to their textbook. I use The People Speak as a transition from the first part of the course which goes from the Puritans to 1900 and the second semester which goes from the turn of the century to the present. —Deb Springhorn, Lebanon High School, Lebanon, NH