Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is the seminal text on American radicalism, and keeping the progressive spirit alive, it is coming to a television near you. This Sunday at 8pm, the rich oral history from its pages will be re-enacted on a History Channel special program, featuring Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Kerry Washington performing the words of America’s abolitionists, civil rights leaders, pacifists, feminists, and labor crusaders. The format has existed for years, with live performances around the country that spotlight the inspiring speeches of those from Frederick Douglass to Emma Goldman, and is finally available as a broadcasted affair–one that’s not to be missed.

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