Adaptations of Zinn’s Work

Adaptations of Zinn’s Work

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A People’s History of the United States

Volume I: American Beginnings to Reconstruction
The New Press’s Abridged Teaching Edition of A People’s History of the United States has made Howard Zinn’s original text available specifically for classroom use. With exercises and teaching materials to accompany each chapter, Volume I spans American Beginnings to Reconstruction. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by The New Press, 2003.

 

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A People’s History of the United States

Volume II: The Civil War to the Present
Like Volume I, each chapter in Volume II provides exercises and teaching materials that allow students to begin a critical inquiry into the American past. Volume II covers the Civil War through the present, with new chapters on the Clinton Presidency, the 2000 elections, and the “war on terrorism.” [Publisher’s description.]

Published by The New Press, 2003.

 

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A People’s History of the United States (Volumes I and II)

Abridged Teaching Edition
The New Press’s Abridged Teaching Edition of A People’s History of the United States has made Zinn’s original text available specifically for classroom use, with a wide range of tools for students to begin a critical inquiry into the American past. The teaching edition includes exercises and teaching materials to accompany each chapter. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by The New Press, 2003.

 

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A People’s History of the United States (Poster Set)

The Wall Charts
Adapted by George Kirschner
A People’s History of the United States: The Wall Charts is a set of two posters and an explanatory booklet designed to bring the contents of the original A People’s History to an even broader audience. Illustrated in full color, they portray over five hundred years of American social and cultural history. Organized thematically as well as chronologically, they allow the reader to trace the developments of specific topics—from slavery and resistance to the role of women—through images and quotations that go well beyond the wars and presidencies of traditional American history. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by The New Press, 2007.

 

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Teaching with Voices of a People’s History of the United States

By Gayle Olson-Raymer
In this Teaching Guide, Gayle Olson-Raymer provides insight into how to use the remarkable anthology Voices of a People’s History of the United States in the classroom, including discussion, exam, and essay questions, creative ideas for in-class activities and group projects, and suggestions. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Seven Stories Press, 2006.

 

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A Young People’s History of the United States, Volume 1: Columbus to the Spanish-American War

Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff
A Young People’s History of the United States makes Howard Zinn’s classic text accessible to a middle school audience. Rebecca Stefoff excerpted from A People’s History of the United States for this easy-to-read, illustrated book. Volume One begins with a look at Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians and leads the reader through the wars and rebellions of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries to the strikes of the industrial age.

Published by Seven Stories Press, 2007.

 

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A Young People’s History of the United States, Volume 2: Class Struggle to the War on Terror

Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff
A Young People’s History of the United States makes Howard Zinn’s classic text accessible to a middle school audience. Rebecca Stefoff excerpted from A People’s History of the United States for this easy-to-read, illustrated book. Volume Two guides the reader through the twentieth century, including the war on terror that is among the forces shaping the United States today.

Published by Seven Stories Press, 2007.

 

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A People’s History of American Empire

Adapted by Paul Buhle and Mike Konopacki
Howard Zinn, historian Paul Buhle, and cartoonist Mike Konopacki have collaborated to retell, in vibrant comics form, a most immediate and relevant chapter of A People’s History: the centuries-long story of America’s actions in the world. Narrated by Zinn, this version opens with the events of 9/11 and then jumps back to explore the cycles of U.S. expansionism from Wounded Knee to Iraq, stopping along the way at World War I, Central America, Vietnam, and the Iranian revolution. The book also follows the story of Zinn, the son of poor Jewish immigrants, from his childhood in the Brooklyn slums to his role as one of America’s leading historians. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Metropolitan Book, 2008.

 

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A Young People’s History of the United States

Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff
A Young People’s History of the United States makes Howard Zinn’s classic text accessible to a middle school audience. Rebecca Stefoff excerpted from A People’s History of the United States for this easy-to-read, illustrated book.

Published by Seven Stories Press, 2009.

 

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Audio and Video
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The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known (Audio)

In February 2003, a remarkable event took place at the 92nd Street Y in New York, a celebration of the millionth copy sold of Howard Zinn’s great A People’s History of the United States. Zinn drew on the words of Americans, some famous, some little known, across the range of American history. These words were read by distinguished people in the arts: Alice Walker, Alfre Woodard, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Harris Yulin, Andre Gregory, and others. From that event, this audio was born. It includes selections from Christopher Columbus, a Lowell mill worker, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Eugene Debs, a HUAC interrogation, Malcolm X, and a Gulf War resister, which are interwoven with commentary by Howard Zinn. This makes for exciting listening and is on its own an invaluable contribution to understanding American history. [Publisher’s description.]

Released by HarperAudio, 2004.

 

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A People’s History of the United States (Audio)

Highlights from the 20th Century
Read by Matt Damon
Selected pieces from A People’s History of the United States from the 20th century. Read by Matt Damon with an introduction and conclusion read by Howard Zinn. [Publisher’s description.]

Released by HarperAudio, 2004.

 

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Readings from Voices of a People’s History of the United States (DVD)

For their book, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove selected testimonies—speeches, letters, poems, songs, petitions, and manifestos—of people throughout U.S. history who struggled against slavery, racism, and war, against oppression and exploitation, and who articulated a vision for a better world. On October 22, 2004, a remarkable event was held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where a talented group of actors and activists helped bring the book’s dramatic voices to life. Captured beautifully on this DVD, these powerful readings include Paul Roberson, Jr. reciting from his father’s suppressed testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Lili Taylor reading Emma Goldman’s blistering attack on patriotism, and John Sayles reading an anti-imperialist essay by Mark Twain. Other unforgettable speeches were delivered by Brian Jones as Frederick Douglass, Sarah Jones as Yuri Kochiyama, Leslie Silva as Anne Moody, Wallace Shawn as Vito Russo, and many more. Radio host Amy Goodman kicks off the evening with a remarkable tribute to Howard Zinn, and Zinn himself talks movingly about the motivation for bringing these often ignored or hidden voices to light. [Publisher’s description.]

Released by AK Press, 2005.

 

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Readings From Voices of A People’s History of the United States (Audio)

Bold and empowering words from America’s struggles, past and present, are resurrected here by some of our leading living voices. Authors Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove are joined here by Danny Glover, Sarah Jones, Paul Robeson,Jr., Lili Taylor, Wallace Shawn, Marisa Tomei, John Sayles, Viggo Mortensen, Sandra Oh and Kerry Washingon to perform the rousing words of dissent that have shaped and quickened the pulse of a nation. This audio CD consists of sixteen readings thoughtfully selected by Zinn and Arnove. The voices of our history are given new voices, the brazen spirit of rebellion and resistance are alive and well again. [Publisher’s description.]

Released by Seven Stories Press, 2006.

 

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A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present (Unabridged-Audio)

Read by Jeff Zinn From Columbus to the Revolution to slavery and the Civil War—from World War II to the election of George W. Bush and the “War on Terror”—A People’s History of the United States is an important and necessary contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.  [Publisher’s description.]

Released by HarperAudio, 2009.

 

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Marx in Soho (Audio)

A Play on History
Performed by Brian Jones
“Don’t you wonder: why is it necessary to declare me dead again and again?” Marx is back! The premise of this witty and insightful “play on history” is that Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case. Marx in Soho introduces us to Marx’s wife, Jenny, his children, the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and a host of other characters.  This s a brilliant introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Zinn also shows how Marx’s ideas are relevant in today’s world. [Publisher’s description.]

Released by Haymarket Books, 2010.

 

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A Young People’s History of the United States (Audio)

Read by Jeff Zinn A Young People’s History of the United States makes Howard Zinn’s classic text accessible to a middle school audience. Rebecca Stefoff excerpted from A People’s History of the United States for this easy-to-read, illustrated book.

Released by Audible Studios, 2014.

 

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