I didn’t know “A People’s History of the United States” was a “leftist alternative to mainstream texts.” I loved it for recounting the history I didn’t learn in the classroom. I also didn’t know that Howard Zinn was a professor at Spelman but was fired.
If you haven’t read “A People’s History,” you should. And think about a man born in the 1920’s who recognized there was another story to tell.
(My mother’s review of the book: “Boy! White people sure do a lot of bad things!”)