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Are Any PUSD American History Textbooks Authored by Howard Zinn? If so...

Original post made by Concerned Mom, Amador Estates, on Jul 6, 2014

I do not have any children in the PUSD system. So I am just asking whether PUSD requires students to read any American History textbooks authored by Howard Zinn?

If so, did you know that he was a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA)? He was extremely anti-American and may be one of the reasons why there is much less patriotism in the US.

I would encourage parents of PUSD students to take a critical look at the works of Howard Zinn and determine if his works are what you would like your students to believe about the US.

Zinn never mentions conservatism, which is obviously a disagreeable thing he would rather forget, or Christianity, a force that motivated much of the reforms Zinn favors. On foreign policy, Zinn’s entire history is one of a catalog of American imperialism’s onward march of oppression at home and power abroad. It is not surprising that Zinn treats WW II in the same way, since in Zinn’s eyes the war is brought down to its “meanest components: profits for military industries, racism toward the Japanese, and the senseless destruction of enemy cities.” Even during World War II, America to Zinn was as immoral as the nations it was fighting.

If you don't know anything about Zinn, here is an article below.

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Dinesh D'Souza's film "America" which is currently showing at Hacienda and the Vine shines a light on Zinn and his motives, and provides a counter-argument that America, while not perfect, has been a positive force in the World.

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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

Howard Zinn was many things but he was not "anti-American". He was against some things that America did, as many of us are. His own beliefs about war were shaped by his own wartime experience in WWII as a bombardier for the US Army Air Force in which he dropped napalm onto a seaside French resort city during one mission. He also supported the student movement campaigning for desegregation at the college where he was a professor (Spelman college) during the civil rights era, an act for which he was fired despite being a tenured professor. It's a pity that you left out these facts in your one-sided criticism of Howard Zinn. A long and balanced article on Howard Zinn can be found on Wikipedia:

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Posted by Concerned Mom
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

Really? Not Anti-American? Here is more evidence as stated in the WSJ entitled "Howard Zinn - The Art of Anti-Americanism" Web Link

Not enough for you?
Nevermind that he was a member of the Communist Party USA, which by definition should be evidence enough that he was anti-American.

Even more evidence that this leftist's works are indoctrinating thousands of impressionable young minds in schools across America...

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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 6, 2014 at 11:33 am

@Concerned Mom

Howard Zinn was accused of being in the American Communist Party but never admitted to it. As for the Wall Street Journal op-ed section, according to them about half of all Americans are "anti-American". Anyone who voted for Obama is anti-American. Anyone who is in favor of the ACA is anti-American. Anyone who believes in global warming is anti-American. etc, etc..

See? That's the problem with many conservatives and conservative publications throwing out the label "anti-American" too often: No one takes you seriously anymore.

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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 6, 2014 at 11:40 am

@ Concerned mom

In addition, after reading comments like yours it is easy to understand why people do not take women and mothers in particular seriously.

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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

@fake Damon : "In addition, after reading comments like yours it is easy to understand why people do not take women and mothers in particular seriously."

The post above was not written by me.

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Posted by Zinnister
a resident of Avignon
on Jul 7, 2014 at 12:05 am

Howard Zinn was/is a respected researcher and lecturer on US history. He used original documentation to compile his works not bias. He is very well respected in the history scholar community, I can only hope that PUSD would use work authored by Mr. Zinn. Have you read the garbage history texts your children are using now? History is an account of what happened, nothing particularly American or Anti-American about any of it, just a telling of the things that happened. If you are not comfortable with what actually happened (and is still happening) in our country perhaps you are the one with some things you need to figure out. I want my children to be able to examine politics and government critically and not just follow blindly in the name of "America". One of the greatest strengths of this nation is that we are able to openly and freely criticise our government. I applaud PUSD if, in fact, they are using the excellent work of Mr. Zinn.

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Posted by Marty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2014 at 7:11 am

Dinesh D'Souza is a racist slime ball who has become the darling of the KKK and many other ugly, hate-filled conservative groups. Unlike Howard Zinn, D'Souza never served his country. There is nothing patriotic about his hate-laced screeds. Fortunately, he will soon be going to jail for his illegal activities.

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Howard Zinn was a great man. His historical treatment of the United States was not so much about critique, although it does critique as any good historical work will, but about the contributions of the "common man" to our nation's history. Instead of lining up a bunch of white men who served as president and then chronicling what occurred during their administrations, Zinn's history focusses on the contributions of America's labor movement, the women's movement, the gay movement, Hispanic immigrants, African Americans, and so many others. His historiography shows that history is MADE by everyday people who organize in order to acquire and maintain an effective voice in the democratic political arena.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:36 am

Dr. Zinn was indeed a learned man! VIVA!

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Posted by Oh Concerned Mom
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:55 am

Wow, you really need to find a hobby. PUSD does not use any books written by Howard Zinn, so there is no point to your "post". I suggest you do more unbiased research the next time you would like to slander a historian.

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Posted by Yu Kiddame
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2014 at 9:36 am

Dear Mom: if the purpose of education is to teach kids to THINK -- and it is -- then exposing them to a wide range of viewpoints on matters of opinion can Only be a good thing. Give 'em Zinn and someone else on a topic and ask them to compare/contrast/evaluate.

Too late for you, perhaps, but book-burning went out of fashion years ago Web Link Do I need to tell you whose regime was famous for it?

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Posted by Yes
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm

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