A People's History Of The United States, By Howard Zinn

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Zinn in his book “A People’s History of the United States,’’ handles various issues. Though the graphic novel adaptation does not cover all the details of the history of America, the author provides us with a critical view of the history of America where its leaders carry out actions independently and not for the benefit of the whole population. It also provides us with examples of atrocities that the American army committed around the world and the country’s commitment to democracy that led it to instruct its army to join the second Word War. The author therefore focuses on the positive and the negative aspect of American history in a captivating way through visual and dynamic production of historical records.
Sex and gender inequality
Sex and gender inequality is one of the many issues handled in this book. This has always been a social problem in America and other nations. Sex and gender are different terms, where sex refers to the biological difference between men and women while gender refers to the differences between females and males that the society constructs between the two. These inequalities therefore, are society-created where men and women are treated differently not because of what they can do but who they are. In all the societies in the world women are viewed as inferior beings where they perform around 60 percent of the work yet only earn 10 percent of the income and own only 10 percent of the land. In addition, women are denied access to education in some societies and continue to be victims of abuse and discrimination. Gender inequality is a complex process that operates both at the individual level and at the institutional level. The society continues to perpetuate male dominance in work, education, religion, politics and even family. The author dedication to portrayal of America as a society that disregarded their rights is therefore, in an attempt to create a society with gender equity and equality where a woman and man will be treated equally in work stations and other public places. The physical characteristics of women and their position as child bearers gave the men a convenience to use, exploit people who were their sex mates, companions and guardians of their children.
Socialization
Socialization is another important concern that Zinn portrays in his work. It refers to the process through which individuals learn their culture by being involved and participating in the different activities of their community. It is also through this process that children develop self-identity through the influence they receive from childhood from their parents, peers, teachers and everyone they interact with. The development of the self becomes a process where the child may begin with imitating the significant individuals in his or her life, the child then learns to pick and understand their roles and those of others in the society, the next process is where the society learns the expectations of the large society. Thus,...

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