Color me embarrassed.
I forgot to set the DVR last night to save The People Speak on the History Channel. The People Speak is the TV documentary version of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, THE PEOPLE SPEAK gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice. Narrated by Howard Zinn and based on his best-selling books, A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, THE PEOPLE SPEAK illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take liberty for granted.
And I didn’t remember until Mike Zimmer reminded me.
It doesn’t look like they’re going to re-air it anytime soon. Well . . . there is a nice teacher’s guide you can download, Howard Zinn’s site to visit, video clips at Vimeo and at the Voices of a People site and some nice resources. Eventually there will be a DVD of the event coming out.
But it would have been nice to watch it last night.