Josh Brolin reads an excerpt from one of the pieces in Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's book Voices of a People's History of the United States, on October 5, 2005, at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center George and Sakaye Aratani Japan America Theatre, Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit: peopleshistory.us.
Zinn and Arnove wrote in their introduction to this piece:
"Joseph Plumb Martin here recalls the hardships soldiers experienced on the line and after they were discharged. Plumb Martin enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776, and served in New York and Connecticut during the American Revolution."
Martin did not mince words, stating:
"When those who engaged to serve during the war enlisted, they were promised a hundred acres of land, each, which was to be in their or the adjoining states. When the country had drained the last drop of service it could screw out of the poor soldiers, they were turned adrift like old worn-out horses, and nothing said about land to pasture them upon."