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People's History by Daniel Geery

The book I've been meaning to read for a decade or so has finally made it to my night stand. I am only on page 63, of 662 pages of text, and my worldview has already been radically altered. I thought others might be interested in this paragraph from A People's History of the United States, 1492 -- Present, by Howard Zinn, 20th Edition, 1999, Harper Collins Press:

"Through all of that growth [in the early American colonies], the upper class was getting most of the benefits and monopolized political power. A historian who studied Boston tax lists in 1687 and 1771 found that in 1687 there were, out of a population of six thousand, about one thousand property owners, and that the top 5 percent--1 percent of the population--consisted of fifty rich individuals who had 25 percent of the wealth. By 1770, the top 1 percent of property owners owned 44 percent of the wealth."

I can't recommend this book highly enough. Our country is light years away from what we were taught in school, unless you had some remarkably special teacher. I would also note that the 99% have been resisting for a long, long time, and it appears we came close to being a real democracy more than once. 

Should you ever need more reason to keep up The Occupation (and learn about the mind-sets you have but don't even know about), read this book. 

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an issue, with so many living in abject poverty.Bu... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:20:28 PM
The people who came to the US in order to flourish... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 1:54:45 PM
[[ds]]... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 2:16:45 PM
and their only advantage was they had guns. They s... by Odyseus_97 on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 4:52:54 PM
Modifying your comment a bit:  "... their o... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 6:40:35 PM
They declared their independence form imperial tax... by Timothy Bickford on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:19:25 PM
Great comment! Gary Brumback... by Gary Brumback on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at 2:10:10 PM
I read this wonderful and very enlightening book y... by mike buchan on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:57:05 AM
I am actually somewhat ashamed that I didn't read ... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at 12:33:58 PM
Daniel, in my book, The Devil's Marriage: Break Up... by Gary Brumback on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at 1:54:37 PM
A look at your links creates a knee-jerk response ... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at 2:49:35 PM
There is another book out there that completely in... by linda jordan on Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 2:48:45 PM
"the Illuminati" many times, watched videos on Rot... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 3:33:45 PM
You can read it online. Google it. It's a real eye... by linda jordan on Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 6:58:52 PM
a small quote from Howard Zinn's voluminous book. ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 7:36:15 PM