Recommended History Books

 

Here in the US, we are taught literally whitewashed propaganda as history. US socioeconomics were founded on land and resource theft, genocide, and chattel slavery enacted by white supremacists. It sustains itself on all of those to this day, but has gotten better at obfuscating it through indoctrination starting in childhood, transforming the plantations into corporations and prisons, and using cult tactics to control the population. The US Founding Fathers took feudalism and basically created a distributed aristocracy (Federalist Papers 10) in which white men could rule mini-kingdoms through the theft of land, genocide of its original Indigenous inhabitants, and enslavement of African Peoples in order to use their forced labor to strip the land of its resources.

I’ve compiled a list of history books at this link – these are written by historians who used primary and secondary sources, not recycled information from the last version of the history textbook that the publisher and a few states schlep together to fit a narrative and make another buck, as they sell propaganda tomes every few years to school systems.

You MUST know this history in order to understand our present and to build a future worth living in.

Blackshirts & Reds: Rational Fascism & The Overthrow Of Communism

We’ve been indoctrinated in the US to fear and loathe Communism and Socialism, and it’s important that we all understand why that is the case. Michael Parenti shares the history Communism and Anti-Communism in the US, showing how the ruling class has used propaganda to get us to believe that Capitalism is a just Democracy. It’s important to know why we’ve been manipulated to conform to these ideologies and why they are reinforced in our media.

Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History Of Racist Ideas In America

Every racist idea, trope, stereotype – they’re all rooted in slavery and the justifications that white landowners made for enslaving Black people. It’s vital to identify these, as many are insidious and not easily recognized when you’ve been conditioned to see those as the status quo.

Addicted To War: Why The US Can’t Kick Militarism

74 page history book written in easy to read comic-book style. Extensive sourcing in Index. History that is deliberately omitted from our history textbooks in order to hide Capitalism’s underbelly.

A People’s History of American Empire

288 page history book, also in comic form, with extensive sourcing in Index. Based on Howard Zinn’s writings – an even deeper dive into history deliberately omitted from textbooks. This knowledge challenges the propaganda we’ve been taught in history & civics classes.

 

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your US History Textbook Got Wrong

James W. Loewen has been reviewing US history textbooks since 1995 and evaluating their contents against primary sources. This book is an excellent follow-up to the two comic form history books. He explains what the textbooks got wrong, as well as WHY that is intentional, and the outcome of this manipulation of history.

Huey P. Newton: Revolutionary Suicide

Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton’s autobiography is one of the most life-changing books I’ve ever read. Don’t let the title fool you: this isn’t about a death wish – it’s about the people and values you are willing to risk your life protecting. In my opinion, a must-read, ESPECIALLY if you come from white/European Settler culture. This covers quite a bit of history of The Black Panther Party, which Huey co-founded.

A People’s History Of the United States

An examination of the actual history of the United States – not the whitewashed American mythology that our classroom history books contain. Reading this will help you understand why the US and its socioeconomics are structured the way that they are, and how it impacts us on both systemic and individual levels. It will help you to understand how both the US and Capitalism are built on theft, enslavement, and genocide, and how that causes present day injustices.

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