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Why This Book Matters:

A People’s History of the United States takes us through history from the perspective of minorities and others who were alienated.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Historians generally do not touch on the fact that America has put natives through genocide.
    1. If History is often written from the perspective of the “winners,” or those who have prevailed.
  2. The United States government was built by wealthy landowners for themselves and that tradition continues today.
    1. Much of the constitution consists of protecting landowners and does not even mention those other than wealthy, white men.
  3. Women were treated horribly in the early days of America, but eventually began to rally.
    1. Post Revolution, women began learning how to read and write, and doubled their literacy rate to 80% within a few decades.
  4. The Civil War was fought to maintain the status of the country, not to end slavery.
    1. Former slave owners were compensated for the loss of slaves, while former slaves were left to fend for themselves.
  5. Rather than liberating the oppressed, the American government answered the civil rights movement with suppression.
    1. Laws that were eventually passed still discriminated against minorities, specifically African Americans.

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