Letters to the Editor

From Oct. 12

Adele Ferguson

Zinn’s book shows real U.S. history

In reference to Adele Ferguson’s recent column (CK Reporter, Oct. 5) about the dangers of using “The People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn in our schools — oh, let’s see — where do I begin? They say that the winners get to write history, so that they may hide or justify their misdeeds. Howard Zinn’s book takes a look at history from a different angle, from the perspective of the downtrodden and poor working class people who did the work of building this country, with the hope that they could have a decent life for themselves and their families. Mr. Zinn describes the people’s plight, from Columbus forward, a must-read for anyone who dares to at least think about a different side of American history, or to understand our present condition by examining the past. This important book describes the un-sugar-coated truth, so far from the fairy-book stories that Ms. Ferguson seems to prefer. I find it extremely important that our children understand our mistakes as well as our triumphs.

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