Howard Zinn takes us back a century to a newly industrialized America, the time of robber barons & tycoons, of tenements bursting with immigrants, of dramatic and often violent labour struggles like Haymarket & Homestead.
Zinn's cast includes Cornelius Vanderbilt and Andrew Carnegie, the young J. Edgar Hoover, Oliver Wendell Holmes and George Bernard Shaw. But his focus, as ever, is on the organisers and agitators in the labouring and immigrant communities, a cast as colourfull as any novel, like Ben Reitman, the king of the hobos, and Alexander Berkman, author of Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist; Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, anarchist organisers whose arrest, conviction and execution on trumped-up murder charges produced storms of protest around the world, and Emma Goldman, feminist, anarchist, propagandist extraordinaire for free love and against capitalist exploitation, for direct action and against oppression.
'I've never been a historian who went into the past and got lost in it, which is a common thing, because it is so interesting. You don't want to come out. But I always believed you should go in and, as tempting as it is to stay, come out, and bring some of that stuff with you and apply it to what's going on today.' Howard Zinn
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