Posted: Jan 16, 2020 12:01 AM
The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.
For nearly 40 years, American students have been taught about their country’s history with communist disinformation by a historian who was a onetime Communist Party U.S.A. member and a lifelong promoter of communism.
This is Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, which has sold over 2.6 million copies since its publication in 1980. It is the textbook of choice for Advanced Placement U.S. history courses in high schools, is used in college history and education courses, is packaged into free, downloadable lessons for K-12 teachers by the Zinn Education Project, is quoted extensively in school books, and is used (in a “young people’s” version) by all eighth-graders in the public schools of Portland, Oregon, an Antifa hub.
Zinn is not, as some describe him, one of the new “conflict historians” (as opposed to the old “consensus historians”). Zinn’s book is not a corrective “bottom-up” history of the overlooked common people as he claimed and as it has been marketed. Nor is it just another textbook