Voices of a People’s History of the Unites States[ $18.95 ]
“When I began work, five years ago, on what would become the present volume, Voices of a People’s History of the Unites States, I wanted the voices of struggle, mostly absent from our history books, to be given the place they deserve. I wanted labor history, which has been the battleground, decade after decade, century after century, of an ongoing fight for human dignity, to come to the fore. And I wanted my readers to experience how at key moments in our history some of the bravest and most effective political acts were the sounds of the human voice itself. When John Brown proclaimed at his trial that his insurrection was “not wrong , but right,” when Fannie Lou Hamer testified in 1964 about the dangers to blacks who tried to register to vote, when during the First Gulf War, in 1991m Alex Molnar defied the president on behalf of his son and of all of us, their words influenced and inspired so many people. They were not just words but actions.”
”To omit or to minimize these voices of resistance is to create the idea that power only rests with those who have the guns, who possess the wealth, who own the newspapers and the television stations/ I want to point out that people who seem o have no power, whether working people, people of color, or women – once they organize and protest and create movements – have a voice no government can suppress” -From the Introduction 8.875”x6” 665p.