In teaching American history to university students who've taken classes here at Central Dallas Ministries, I've always used Howard Zinn's classic A People's History of the United States as one of my textbooks.
Zinn told the story of the United States from the "underside."
He wrote from the grass up, rather than from the top down, as is typical of most texts available to students and teachers.
To be sure, reading Zinn challenges many of our traditional assumptions and popular myths.
Howard Zinn died last week.
He will be missed. His footprints will continue to guide those seeking truth, justice and unity as a people.