The Other Civil War

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The Other Civil War

If we read deep into Zinn's A Peoples history of the United States, we may find details into our American DNA. Where and what we originally come from, what it took to get here, and how far we have progressed. While uncovering many chapters in the book, I found myself going back for more of Chapter 10: The Other Civil War. As for myself, I was never aware of another Civil War, only familiarizing myself with one. As I was reading these historical pages and awing at my founders and leaders before me, I found myself as engaged I have ever been in a historical novel. Zinn opened my eyes as a non-historical junky. Reading Zinn I found myself remembering one of the greatest quotes by George Santayana, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I began to uncover what it was I was most proud of within my Country, and how those before me fought for every freedom I have, and how those within my time are still fighting to maintain those rights. Zinn portrays our country's history so bold and empowering, he urges you to learn. “History is important. If you don't know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.”

In chapter 10 of Zinn's Peoples history of the United States, we are taken back to 1819 during the "anti-rent" movement. Readers are drug thru the hard and difficult times of tenants who revolted in New York during the 19th century. This journey begins with the angry tenants of the massive Rensselaer estate. These tenants were repulsed with the rent that was needed to be paid, why would these tenants pay rent when their landlord is extremely wealthily? A quote by one of the tenants stated this wrote about the Rensselaer man and his living, "swill his wine, loll on his cushions, fill his life with society, food, and culture, and ride his barouche and five saddle horses along the...
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