Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, Danny Glover, James Earl Jones and others read from Howard Zinn s A People s History of the United States : Part one of two-hour special commemorating the millionth copy of the classic book sold.
8:00-8:01 Billboard 8:01-8:06 Headlines 8:06-8:07 One Minute Music Break 8:07-8:20: It has become a classic work of history. It is used in countless schools across the country, it has inspired a generation of historians and students and it has reshaped how many people view this country s history. We are talking about Howard Zinn s A People s History of the United States first published 23 years ago. The millionth copy of the book was recently sold. To celebrate this feat a group of actors, writers and editors recently gathered for a public reading of the book. The cast included Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, Danny Glover and James Earl Jones. James Earl Jones on telling the history of the U.S. from the standpoint of others. Harris Yulin reads Christopher Columbus log meeting the Arowaks Andre Gregory on the Spaniards acting like ravenous beasts in the island of Hispaniola. Jeff Zinn, Howard Zinn s son, reads the words of one of the participants in Shay s rebellion in Western Massachusetts. Marisa Tomei reads the words of a girl working in the lower Massachusetts textile mills of 1836 where one of the first strikes of mill girls took place. 8:19-8:20 One Minute Music Break 8:21-8:40: Danny Glover reads the Cherokees and Seminoles who resisted the forceful removal of Indians from their lands and The trail of tears where 16,000 men, women and children surrounded by the U.S. army were driven West. 4,000 died on the trip. Mila Pitts on Women s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York attended by 300 women and some men who adopted a declaration of principles making use of the language and rhythm of the declaration of independence. James Earl Jones reads Frederick Douglas, a former slave and powerful leader of the anti slavery movement, who was asked to speak at a celebration of Fourth of July in 1852. Harris Yulin reads John Brown addressing the court in Virginia that ordered his hanging in 1859. James Earl Jones reads Frederick Douglas speaking on John Brown at a college in Harper s Ferry in 1881. Danny Glover reads Henry McNeil Turner on being expelled from the state legislature in Georgia in 1872. 8:40-8:41 One Minute Music Break 8:41-8:58: Kurt Vonnegut on Mark Twain on the massacre of 600 on a southern island in the Philippines in 1906. Jeff Zinn reads Industrial Workers of the World poet and organizer Arturo Giovannitti speech to the jury in 1912. Alfre Woodard reads Mother Mary Jones speaking on the eve of a strike of 1,000 miners against the Rockefeller coal mines in Southern Colorado in 1914. Alice Walker reads Emma Goldman addressing a court room in 1916 for being charged with speaking about birth control. 8:58-8:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Sharif Abdul Kouddous, Ana Nogueira, Elizabeth Press with help from Noah Reibel and Vilka Tzouras. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer. Thanks also to Uri Galed, Angela Alston, Emily Kunstler, Orlando Richards, Simba Rousseau, Rafael delaUz, Gabriel Weiss, Johnny Sender, Rich Kim, Karen Ranucci, Fatima Mojadiddy, Denis Moynihan and Jenny Filipazzo.