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The 4th of July special

On this (past) 4th of July, I listened intently to the reading of the "Voices of The People's History of the United States." It was great program because there were actors on stage reading specific passages from Howard Zinn's "A People History of the United States." It is full of stories one might not know or hear in the "official" history the United States.

"Voices" was held and 92nd Street Y in New York City. It was wonderful to see the words in this book come out of several actors mouths and to life. I like this book because I remember something Howard Zinn wrote about that has more meaning to me as I learn about my family's history in the United States. Specifically, Mr. Zinn recalls an incident involving U.S. Colored Troops in Zanesville, Ohio. He recounts how, even though they were fighting for the Union, poorly the colored troops were treated by the citizens of Zanesville. Mr. Zinn writes that this incident appeared in one of local newspapers of that era.

I never forgot that story because of the members of my family who fought in the War between the States. I will never forget it because I believe the War forced my great great great grandparents to leave Ohio with their daughter, her husband, their children and my great great great grandparent's two youngest sons for the relative safety of Michigan. After the civil unrest, they moved back to Ohio where they went to be with the family as they reached latter stages of life. The daughter her husband, their chidren and one the youngest sons stayed in Michigan. The second of the two youngest sons moved to Pennsylvania and finally back to Ohio.

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African-American History anf the 4th
The 4th of July special

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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