Howard Zinn: A People's History of the United States - Part 1: Bread and Roses

Howard Zinn: A People's History of the United States - Part 1: Bread and Roses

By Olivier Azam

  • Genre: Olivier Azam
  • Release Date: 2017-10-09
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 30min
  • Director: Olivier Azam
  • iTunes Price: USD 4.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 0.99


Between 1900 and 1920, like Howard Zinn's parents, more than 14 million immigrants arrived in the United States. They came fleeing poverty or war, racism or religious persecution. They dreamed of a promised land, of wealth, or simply of a better life. The New World opened its arms wide to the poor and huddled masses of the Old: its unwanted, its fugitives, and even a few utopians... After all, the rapidly expanding industries of the time required cheap labor, and immigrant workers - men, women and children - were easy to exploit. But the same period also saw the birth of organized labor, with its strikes and conflicts, and the appearance of great figures like Emma Goldman, Mother Jones, Eugene Debs and the Wobblies.



  • Don't be quiet, you're not blind.

    By Jakrobar
    It's an objective and historical development. These wretched conditions of ghettos and slums subsisted over centuries, in view of the fact that the revolutionary movement hasn't succeeded yet. Only the narrow-minded could disagree and take this documentary out of context.
  • Poor Representation

    By Chris Sato
    I love "A People's History of the United States" but this is not that book come to life. This is a sloppy mix of a poorly shot interview with Zinn, mixed with news style short pieces that seem like a cheap imititation of Michael Moore mixed with actually interesting archival stills and video that relate to the novel. It's too disjointed and lacks the clarity of "A People's History" and ultimatelty comes off completley flat.
  • Zinn

    By Treetop sleeper
    Pure trash. Revisionist history
  • very good info, needs to do better justice to Zinn and fix the lazy writing

    By leifpitt
    I usually never write reviews but I had to in this case. This is too important of a subject to not get right, especially one featuring interviews with the man himself, (Zinn). The information is top-notch, the footage is top-notch, the interviews are excellent. So what's the problem? The writing in the narration and ~some of the organization. Segues are awkward, some of the writing comes off opinionated, sometimes even condescending in tone, some claims aren't backed up (even though citations are readily available), and the organization/handling of the chronology makes the reasons for jumping backwards/forward in time unclear. This subject matter needs to be seen and heard, and with a documentary such as this, those who believe in its importance can't afford to get it wrong or come off sloppy. I would honestly recommend that the filmmakers withdraw the film, clean it up, and re-release it. Either way, if you don't care about all that and just want to soak up the information, go for it! Excellent compilation.