For Veterans Day, we highlight this article, “Dissent at the War Memorial,” written by Howard Zinn for The Progressive in 2004. Asked to speak on a panel called, “War Stories,” Zinn said, “I don’t want to honor military heroism—that conceals too much death and suffering. I want to honor those who all these years have opposed the horror of war.”Read more »
The first-ever Howard Zinn Bookfair will be held on November 15th, 2014 at the Mission High School in San Francisco. Professor Robin D.G. Kelley is one of the featured keynote speakers. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Marcus Bookstore, the nation’s oldest black-owned bookstore, and Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez, Chicana feminist, community organizer and author.Read more »
History for the People
By Robyn Spencer
In 1989, one of my history professors at SUNY Binghamton assigned A People’s History of the United States in our class and nothing has ever been the same. 1989. Pinochet. Robin Givens and Mike Tyson. George H. W. Bush and Shabba Ranks. The Golden Girls and Iran-Contra. This was my 19-year-old world.
By Bill Bigelow
Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, one of the country’s most widely read history books, died on January 27, 2010. Shortly after, then-Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels got on his computer and fired off an email to the state’s top education officials: “This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away.”
Howard Zinn’s talk, “Against War,” recorded by Alternative Radio on March 17, 2006.Read more »
He addressed key issues in history and current events including:
In early January of 2010, the Zinn Education Project joined with HarperCollins, publisher of Howard Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States, to sponsor an “Ask Howard” online radio interview, and invited teachers from around the country to participate. Sixty teachers and students submitted written questions to Professor Zinn. The Jan. 19 interview was conducted by Rethinking Schools Curriculum Editor Bill Bigelow. Here are excerpts from that interview, edited for length and clarity. The full audio version can be accessed at Authors on Air.Read more »
“We’re trying to energize people by learning a history that is provocative and that is inspirational.” —Howard Zinn
On May 13, 2009, Howard Zinn was a guest on Democracy Now!, where he discussed the new edition of A Young People’s History of the United States and played clips from the forthcoming documentary The People Speak.Read more »
Article. By Howard Zinn. Excerpt from Chapter 5 of You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
Howard Zinn’s first-hand account of Selma’s Freedom Day in 1963.
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 6 pages.
A lesson on the countless colonial laws enacted to create division and inequality based on race. This helps students understand the origins of racism in the United States and who benefits.
Teaching Activity. Essay by Howard Zinn and lesson by Bill Bigelow. 17 pages.
Students research and share stories about unsung heroes in U.S. history.
Teaching Activity. By Howard Zinn. 2002. 4 pages.
Background reading for teachers and high school students on the impact of war.
Article. By Howard Zinn. 1999.
Liner notes to “Fellow Workers” album by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips on the hidden history of the modern U.S. labor movement.
Article. By Howard Zinn. From Chapter 6 of You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
Zinn describes the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) voting rights campaign called Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Article. Interview of Howard Zinn by Bill Moyers. 2009. 11 pages.
Book excerpt of Howard Zinn on The People Speak and a range of topics in U.S. history and contemporary issues.
Book – Non-fiction. By Stephen Bird, Adam Silver, and Joshua Yesnowitz. 2014. 274 pages.
Engage the various complexities and tensions present throughout Howard Zinn’s work and subject them to a 21st century assessment.
Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2004. 112 pages.
In this collection of four essays, Zinn writes about the unique role of artists, activists, and publishers in working toward change.
Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2010. 100 pages.
Zinn’s personal reflections and political analysis on the WWII bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Royan, and more.
Book – Non-fiction. By Staughton Lynd. 2014. 250 pages.
Reflections on the documentation and teaching of history.
Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2012. 184 pages.
Compilation of articles Zinn penned for The Progressive magazine from 1980 to 2009.
Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn with Donaldo Macedo. 2008. 224 pages.
Essays by Howard Zinn about education and politics.