People Speak, The

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Amove, Anthony
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A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights. based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."

Howard Zinn, the famed radical historian, teacher, activist, and author of A People's History of The United States, published a collection of primary source documents entitled Voices of a People's History of the United States. This collection of materials covers the full history of the United States and includes letters, petitions, poems, speeches, and songs from "women and slaves, immigrants and youth, soldiers and students." The collection gives voice to such famous dissenters as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eugene Debs, Frederick Douglass, and Dr. Martin Luther King, as well as a host of lesser known ones.
Zinn decided to start hosting public performances of these documents by actresses and authors to further share their messages.“It is performances like this in theaters around the country that inspired the latest incarnation of Zinn's work, The People Speak. The film weaves archival footage and interviews with performances by actors and artists such as Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Josh Brolin, Kerry Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Bruce Springsteen, and John Legend”