A people's history is a type of historical work which attempts to account for historical events from the perspective of common people.


A people's history is the history of the world that is the story of mass movements and of the outsiders. Individuals not included in the past in other type of writing about history are part of this theory's primary focus, which includes the disenfranchised, the oppressed, the poor, the nonconformists, and the otherwise forgotten people. This theory also usually focuses on events occurring in the fullness of time, or when an overwhelming wave of smaller events cause certain developments to occur.

This revisionist approach to writing history is in opposition to methods which tend to emphasize single great figures in history, referred to as the Great man theory.

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Labor struggles and strikers, Eugene V. Debs and the Socialist Party of America, Antiwar movements, Poor whites
Bill of Rights, Universal suffrage, affirmative action, Collective bargaining, Patriotism, Democracy, National interest
Leftist, Multicultural, Anti-imperialist, Pentagon papers, Espionage Act, Ruth and David Greenglass, Ron Kovic

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