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Howard Zinn and the BU Exposure

Howard Zinn was the faculty adviser for the Boston University (BU) student newspaper, bu exposure. In 1977-78, the administration of John Silber demanded that the bu exposure’s faculty adviser (Howard Zinn) agree to review the contents of the… Read More

‘Bringing Zinn to Class’: Bostonia Features Zinn Education Project Cofounder and Arkansas Book Drive

The Summer 2017 issue of Bostonia, the Boston University alumni magazine, features a profile of Zinn Education Project co-founder William Holtzman and the recent book drive undertaken in response to a proposed Zinn book ban in Arkansas.

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Arkansas students want Zinn Books | HowardZinn.org

Arkansas Bill Attempts to Ban Howard Zinn Books

On March 1, 2017, Arkansas Representative Kim Hendren (R) introduced Bill HB1834 to prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas “from including in its curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard… Read More

Washington Post - Writers Refute Fareed Zakaria | HowardZinn.org

Letters Refute Fareed Zakaria’s Claim: ‘Bannon’s view closest to Howard Zinn’

In a Washington Post article on February 9, 2017, Fareed Zakaria compared Steve Bannon and Howard Zinn, concluding that, In a strange way, Bannon’s dark, dystopian view of U.S. history is closest to that of Howard Zinn, a… Read More

2016 Howard Zinn Book Fair posters in window

2016 Howard Zinn Book Fair

The third annual Howard Zinn Book Fair was held in San Francisco on December 4, 2016. Historian Carl Mirra shared with us a description of one of the sessions at the book fair. Mirra describes the panel “Making… Read More

Staughton Lynd speaks with Freedom School teachers in Ohio. Photo: Herbert Randall. | HowardZinn.org

Staughton Lynd—A ‘Long Distance Runner for Justice’

Nov. 22 marks the birthday of Staughton Lynd, longtime friend of Howard Zinn. They both taught at Spelman College and can be described as long-distance runners for justice.
“I have admired [Lynd] enormously ever since I first met him,” Zinn wrote shortly before his death, because he is an “exemplar of strength and gentleness in the quest for a better world.” Read more about Lynd in this tribute by Andy Piascik.

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Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher - Suzanne Baker | HowardZinn.org

“Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher” Series — Suzanne Baker

“Howard’s calm, quiet insistence on doing what was right and taking a stand are lessons that have stayed with me for a lifetime.”

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Failure to Quit | HowardZinn.org

Failure to Quit

By Howard Zinn
This essay (written for Z Magazine in 1990, and reprinted in my book Failure to Quit, was inspired (if you are willing to call this an inspired piece) by my students of the Eighties. I was teaching a spring and fall lec­ture course with four hundred students in each course (and yet with lots of discussion). I looked hard, listened closely, but did not find the apathy, the conservatism, the disregard for the plight of others, that everybody (right and left) was reporting about “the me generation.”
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I can understand pessimism, but I don’t believe in it. It’s not simply a matter of faith, but of historical evidence. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give hope, because for hope we don’t need certainty, only possibility.

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Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher - David Detmer | HowardZinn.org

“Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher” Series — David Detmer

The Zinn Education Project collects stories from Howard Zinn’s former students at Spelman College and Boston University about his role as a teacher. Here is one example, a story by David Detmer, class of 1980. If you are… Read More

If History Is to Be Creative • HowardZinn.org

If History Is to Be Creative

America’s future is linked to how we understand our past. For this reason, writing about history, for me, is never a neutral act. By writing, I hope to awaken a great consciousness of racial injustice, sexual bias, class inequality, and national hubris. I also want to bring into the light the unreported resistance of people against the power of the Establishment: the refusal of the indigenous to simply dis­appear; the rebellion of Black people in the antislavery movement and in the more recent movement against racial segregation; the strikes carried out by working people all through American history in attempts to improve their lives.

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Jesse Williams at BET Awards | HowardZinn.org

Jesse Williams Advocates Learning True History in BET Award Acceptance Speech

Actor and activist Jesse Williams, best known for his role on Grey’s Anatomy, won the BET Humanitarian Award on June 26, 2016. Williams, who read in the 2014 Voices Performance in Los Angeles, and serves on the board… Read More

Howard Zinn's Emma | HowardZinn.org

Howard Zinn’s Emma

The filmed stage performance of Howard Zinn’s play Emma is now available for rent or purchase. Filmed live in 2005 at the Byrdcliffe Theatre in Woodstock, New York, with Zinn in attendance, the play draws on Goldman’s influential autobiography, speeches, and political writings to trace her emergence as one of the foremost radical intellectuals and dissident activists in America in the early part of the 20th century.

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Commemorating Emma Goldman: ‘Living My Life’

June 27 marks the birth of Emma Goldman (June 27, 1869–May 14, 1940), an anarchist who was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality and independence, and unions. After reading Richard Drinnon’s biography of Emma Goldman, Rebel in Paradise, Howard Zinn read Goldman’s autobiography, Living My Life. As a historian with a PhD, he was astonished he had never learned about Goldman in his studies. “Here was this magnificent woman, this anarchist, this feminist, fierce, life-loving person.”

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A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present (35th anniversary edition)

35th Anniversary Edition of A People’s History of the United States

The 35th anniversary edition of A People’s History of the United States is now available featuring a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, Howard Zinn’s long-time collaborator. Arnove begins, Howard Zinn fundamentally changed the way millions of people think… Read More

Howard Zinn, une histoire populaire américaine

“Howard Zinn, une histoire populaire américaine” Now Available

French filmmakers Daniel Mermet and Olivier Azam of Les Mutins de Pangee have released part one of a three-part documentary about Howard Zinn. Only available in French, it can be rented or purchased on Vimeo.com. The 1:40 hour… Read More

“Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher” Series

The Zinn Education Project collects stories from former students at Spelman College and Boston University about his role as a teacher. Here is one example, a story by Michael Stavros, Class of 1973. If you are a former… Read More

Obedience, Activism, and Social Change

As we approach a new calendar year, we revisit Howard Zinn’s warmth, humor, and optimism in this interview with David Barsamian from July 1997. Zinn discusses being considered non-scholarly in the academic world (“…if you write stuff that… Read More

Value of Skepticism and Breaking Down Barriers with Students

As the school year gets underway, we share this excerpt from Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics on democratic education, the value of skepticism, and building trust with students. In this interview with David Barsamian at Alternative Radio,… Read More

A Veteran Against War

August 6 and 9 mark the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. In the following excerpt from You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, Howard Zinn, a WWII bombardier, recalls,… Read More

Second Annual Howard Zinn Bookfair 2015

The second annual Howard Zinn Book Fair (HZBF) will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus. Visit www.howardzinnbookfair.com for updates, schedule, and more information.

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