How would I go about becoming more educated on American history? I tried reading Zinn's A People's History of the United States but it came off to me as overly sensational and skimmed over the fine details. Should I just read a college textbook?
>>7230343 Not OP but another poster who lives in the United States. I have never been to D.C or looked at any other sites except for those that were connected to Lincoln (since they are relatively close). I have stacks of History books, engage in scholarly research on the subject, and am always browsing to absorb the information of others online. I don't think you have to see a site to process relevant information.
>>7230354 How is Vidal? Given OP's reactions to Zinn I feel like giving him another left wing author who appears to be ideological on face value would be a mistake. I think more in terms of scholarly sources. It might also help to know any particular specific interests OP might have so we can guide him to more specific works.
>>7230281 >I tried reading Zinn's A People's History of the United States
Yeah, don't do that. It's like reading A Patriot's History of the United States, just on the opposite side of the spectrum. Zinn isn't the most qualified person in the world to write about that subject matter. It's actually one of the worst examples of pop-history, right up there with Guns, Germs, and Steel.
Do what >>7230305 says. You can never go wrong with McCollough. Your 101 should be his 1776, followed by Ron Chernow's Washington, and then go back to McCollough again to read John Adams. In my opinion, the best introduction to American History is reading about the Founding Fathers themselves and the ideals they stood for. When you have a decent foundation, feel free to build on it with anything you're interested in. You generally shouldn't have too much trouble with the left/right dichotomy until you get to the Interwar period.
Zinn is meant to be read as a counterpoint to a mainstream high school textbook; read the textbook first or it won't make any sense. It's a great book but the whole idea is to examine history at cross purposes to the way you were taught.
>>7230343 >Left-winger post: those righties on /pol/. >Right winger post: those leftiea on /pol/. And they're both right? Loonies who sperg out about their shitty political opinion should go post on the board that was literally created to serve as a containment board for loonies who sperg out about their shitty political opinions?
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