Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, and social activist. He was chair of the history and social sciences department at Spelman College, and a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote over twenty books, including his best-selling and influential A People’s History of the United States. In 2007, he published a version of it for younger readers, A Young People’s History of the United States. Zinn described himself as ‘something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist.’ He wrote extensively about the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement, and labor history of the United States. … While at Spelman, Zinn served as an adviser to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and wrote about sit-ins and other actions by SNCC for The Nation and Harper’s. In 1964, Beacon Press published his book SNCC: The New Abolitionists.  … Although Zinn was a tenured professor, he was dismissed in June 1963 after siding with students in the struggle against segregation. … In an article on the civil rights movement in Albany, Zinn described the people who participated in the Freedom Rides to end segregation, and the reluctance of President John F. Kennedy to enforce the law. Zinn said that the Justice Department under Robert F. Kennedy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, headed by J. Edgar Hoover, did little or nothing to stop the segregationists from brutalizing civil rights workers. … Zinn wrote one of the earliest books calling for the U.S. withdrawal from its war in Vietnam. Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal was published by Beacon Press in 1967 based on his articles in Commonweal, The Nation, and Ramparts. … Zinn’s diplomatic visit to Hanoi with Rev. Daniel Berrigan, during the Tet Offensive in January 1968, resulted in the return of three American airmen, the first American POWs released by the North Vietnamese since the U.S. bombing of that nation had begun. … Zinn and the Berrigan brothers, Dan and Philip, remained friends and allies over the years. Also in January 1968, he signed the ‘Writers and Editors War Tax Protest‘ pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the war. Daniel Ellsberg, a former RAND consultant who had secretly copied The Pentagon Papers, which described the history of the United States’ military involvement in Southeast Asia, gave a copy to Howard and Roslyn Zinn. …”
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YouTube: A People’s History of the United States (trailer), Young Howard Zinn on Resistance (1968), You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train – Trailer

Howard Zinn, left, Prof. of Government at Boston University as he addressed an anti-was rally on Student Center steps at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., April 12, 1967. The rally was in protest of the war in Viet Nam.

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