A Renegade History of the United States

A Renegade History of the United States

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Historian Howard Zinn demonstrated that there are compelling, alternative histories that are both scholarly and valuable. Now, Thaddeus Russell provides a challenging new way of reading history that will turn convention on its head and is sure to elicit as much controversy as it does support. Russell shows that drunkards, laggards, prostitutes, and pirates were the real heroes of the American Revolution. Slaves worked less and had more fun than free men. Prostitutes, not feminists, won women's liberation. White people lost their rhythm when they became good Americans. Without organized crime, we might not have Hollywood, Las Vegas, labor unions, legal alcohol, birth control, or gay rights. Zoot-suiters and rock-and-rollers, not Ronald Reagan or the peace movement, brought down the Soviet Union. And Britney Spears will win the war on terror. It was not the elitists who created real revolution in America nor the political radicals whom Zinn credits, but the people on the fringes of society who laid the foundation for change and were responsible for many of the freedoms we cherish today. American history was driven by clashes between those interested in preserving social order and those more interested in pursuing their own desires-the "respectable" versus the "degenerate, " the moral versus the immoral, "good citizens" versus the "bad." The more that "bad" people existed, resisted, and won, the greater was our common good. In A Renegade History of the United States, Russell introduces us to the origins of our nation's identity as we have never known them before.
Publisher: [United States] :, Tantor Audio :, Made available through hoopla,, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781400198511
1400198518
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (16hr., 30 min.)) :,digital.
data file, rda
digital, Digital recording
Additional Contributors: Temple, John Sir,1732-1798.
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jdanger89
Nov 15, 2016

Well written and uses quite a few primary sources. Buckle up it you're new to Dr. Russell though - he presents history in a completely different way than you learned in school loaded with different paradigms and perspectives.

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chgarland
Dec 26, 2010

I was not intrigued enough to finish this book. The author's point of view seemed deeply silly to me.

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