Howard Zinn

Veterans and Dissent at the War Memorial
By | November 11, 2014

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.”

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Howard Zinn Bookfair, Nov. 15
By | October 14, 2014

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.

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Howard and Me: History for the People
By | June 21, 2014

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.

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Zinn Papers Dedicated at NYU Symposium
By | May 30, 2014

The Zinn Education Project was honored to be included in “Howard Zinn: A Lifetime of Teaching, Writing, and Activism,” a daylong symposium held at New York University (NYU) on April 24, 2014. The event celebrated the generous donation of Zinn’s personal papers to NYU’s Tamiment Library by his children, Myla …
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Bashing Howard Zinn: A Critical Look at One of the Critics
By | November 18, 2013

By Alison Kysia
Since the death of historian Howard Zinn in 2010, a number of scholars and politicians have targeted Zinn’s work in an effort to undermine his influence among educators. Most famously, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels celebrated Zinn’s death in emails to his education lieutenants and ordered …
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Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt
By | July 18, 2013

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.”

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Against War: Alternative Radio Broadcast by Howard Zinn
By | March 17, 2013

Howard Zinn’s talk, “Against War,” recorded by Alternative Radio on March 17, 2006.

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International Journal of Social Education: Special Issue on Howard Zinn
By | January 25, 2013

This special edition came about after scholars presented and discussed perspectives on the important influences of Howard Zinn to education, history, and citizenship at the 2010 Midwest Peace and Justice Summit in Indianapolis.
As the editors explain in the Introduction:
The collection begins with a variety of essays concerning …
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Video Highlights from the Howard Zinn Room Dedication
By | September 20, 2012

We are pleased to share video highlights from the special event on Sept. 21, 2011 to celebrate International Peace Day, dedicate the Howard Zinn Room at Busboys and Poets, and raise funds for the Zinn Education Project.
More than 300 people were inspired by the words of Jeff
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Howard Zinn Speaking at NCSS, 2008 - | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Howard Zinn Talks to Social Studies Teachers
By | January 20, 2011

Howard Zinn gave a keynote speech to more than 800 teachers at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Houston on November 16, 2008.

He addressed key issues in history and current events including:

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‘One Long Struggle for Justice’: An Interview with Historian Howard Zinn
By | January 12, 2011

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.

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Howard Zinn on Democracy Now!
By | May 13, 2009

“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.

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On the Road to Voting Rights: Freedom Day in Selma, 1963
By | January 2, 2015

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.

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The Color Line (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

The Color Line
By | November 17, 2009

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.

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Unsung Heroes: Encouraging Students to Appreciate Those Who Fought for Social Justice (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Unsung Heroes: Encouraging Students to Appreciate Those Who Fought for Social Justice
By | November 17, 2011

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.

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What War Looks Like (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

What War Looks Like
By | November 17, 2009

Teaching Activity. By Howard Zinn. 2002. 4 pages.
Background reading for teachers and high school students on the impact of war.

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“Fellow Workers” Liner Notes by Howard Zinn
By | February 12, 2013

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.

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Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
By | January 24, 2014

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.

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Howard Zinn: Interview by Bill Moyers
By | May 8, 2011

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.

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Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn’s Legacies and the Future of Activism
By | March 18, 2014

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.

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Artists in Times of War
By | December 23, 2006

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.

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The Bomb
By | November 13, 2010

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.

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Doing History from the Bottom Up: On E.P. Thompson, Howard Zinn, and Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below
By | January 13, 2015

Book – Non-fiction. By Staughton Lynd. 2014. 250 pages.
Reflections on the documentation and teaching of history.

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The Historic Unfulfilled Promise
By | May 12, 2012

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2012. 184 pages.
Compilation of articles Zinn penned for The Progressive magazine from 1980 to 2009.

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Howard Zinn on Democratic Education
By | September 23, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn with Donaldo Macedo. 2008. 224 pages.
Essays by Howard Zinn about education and politics.

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