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Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove

For their recent book, Voices of a People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove selected testimonies—speeches, letters, poems, songs, petitions, and manifestos--of people throughout U.S. history who struggled against slavery, racism, and war, against oppression and exploitation, and who articulated a vision for a better world. On October 22, 2004, a remarkable event was held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where a talented group of actors and activists helped bring the book's dramatic voices to life. Captured beautifully on this DVD, these powerful readings include Paul Roberson, Jr. reciting from his father's suppressed testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Lili Taylor reading Emma Goldman's blistering attack on patriotism, and John Sayles reading an anti-imperialist essay by Mark Twain. Other unforgettable speeches were delivered by Brian Jones as Frederick Douglass, Sarah Jones as Yuri Kochiyama, Leslie Silva as Anne Moody, Wallace Shawn as Vito Russo, and many more. Radio host Amy Goodman kicks off the evening with a remarkable tribute to Howard Zinn, and Zinn himself talks movingly about the motivation for bringing these often ignored or hidden voices to light.

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Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove

For their recent book, Voices of a People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove selected testimonies—speeches, letters, poems, songs, petitions, and manifestos--of people throughout U.S. history who struggled against slavery, racism, and war, against oppression and exploitation, and who articulated a vision for a better world. On October 22, 2004, a remarkable event was held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where a talented group of actors and activists helped bring the book's dramatic voices to life. Captured beautifully on this DVD, these powerful readings include Paul Roberson, Jr. reciting from his father's suppressed testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Lili Taylor reading Emma Goldman's blistering attack on patriotism, and John Sayles reading an anti-imperialist essay by Mark Twain. Other unforgettable speeches were delivered by Brian Jones as Frederick Douglass, Sarah Jones as Yuri Kochiyama, Leslie Silva as Anne Moody, Wallace Shawn as Vito Russo, and many more. Radio host Amy Goodman kicks off the evening with a remarkable tribute to Howard Zinn, and Zinn himself talks movingly about the motivation for bringing these often ignored or hidden voices to light.

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