On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard attacked a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado. Zinn had a history PhD but only learned this story when “I heard a song by Woody Guthrie called ‘The Ludlow Massacre.’ Dark, haughting, powerful song. And that led me to look in a library about this event which nobody had ever mentioned in any of my history courses, which no textbook of mine had ever mentioned.”
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn (1922-2010), the Midwestern Archivist granted rights to publish “Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest" (1977). Influential still today, Zinn urges archivists to “One, engage in a campaign to open all government documents to the public. . . . And two, that they take the trouble to compile a whole new world of documentary material, about the lives, desires, needs, of ordinary people.”
The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922-January 27, 2010). To celebrate and highlight his life’s work, we share the various ways organizations, publishers, and individuals are honoring his legacy throughout the year.
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A searchable bibliography of materials by and about Howard Zinn, including books, articles, letters, films, audio, and photos from publishers, broadcasters, organizations, archives, libraries, and personal holdings.