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Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher: Memories from Former Students

The Zinn Education Project is collecting personal remembrances from Zinn’s students at Spelman College in Atlanta and Boston University. The first stories were posted in August of 2013 in honor of what would have been Howard Zinn’s 91st birthday.

Who’s Afraid of Radical History?

Mitch Daniels’s covert war on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. By Robert Cohen and Sonia Murrow • The Nation • August 5, 2013 A recent Associated Press expose—drawing on e-mails obtained under the Freedom of… Read More

Zinn at the 2008 NCSS | Photo by Steve Puppe/NCSS.

Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

By Bill Bigelow • Common Dreams • July 18, 2013
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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Mitch Daniels Attempted to Ban Zinn’s ‘People’s History’ as Governor

Mitch Daniels, as an unconventional choice to become Purdue University’s president, has repeatedly pledged his strong commitment to academic freedom. And many professors — including some who had questioned the wisdom of appointing a governor as university president… Read More

Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn’s Legacies and the Future of Activism

A new book is available that engage the various complexities and tensions present throughout Howard Zinn’s work and subject them to a 21st century assessment. It is edited by Stephen Bird, Adam Silver, and Joshua Yesnowitz. Here is… Read More

The Howard Zinn Archives at Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations with information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. The programs are also available… Read More

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International Journal of Social Education: Special Issue on Howard Zinn

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… Read More

Castles for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio

Poet Martín Espada wrote a poem to honor Howard Zinn called “Castles for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio.” He read the poem during a 2013 interview on Moyers & Company. Espada referred to Zinn as “the… Read More

New Release: Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches, 1963 – 2009

A collection of Howard Zinn’s speeches, edited by Anthony Arnove, was released by Haymarket Books. “Reading Howard’s spoken words I feel that I am almost hearing his voice again. Even in writing its unique appeal comes through —… Read More

The People Speak in Chicago Schools

During the 2011–2012 school year, the non-profit organization Voices of a People’s History ran a pilot project in Chicago to bring free educational resources, public performing arts programming, film screenings, and professional development workshops to educators and their… Read More

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A People’s History Banned in Tucson Schools

Last week, the Tucson Unified School District eliminated a popular Mexican American Studies program in local high schools that, in a short period of time, had done a lot of good.. . .When an outside audit gave the… Read More

Honoring Howard Zinn: A Historian Who Made History

Noam Chomsky, noted author and philosopher, and Anthony Arnove, filmmaker and editor, spoke at SUNY-New Paltz, on Dec. 4, 2011 in tribute to the legacy and life’s work of Howard Zinn. This event was titled “Honoring Howard Zinn:… Read More

Howard Zinn Room Poster | Photo by Robin Holland

Educators and Activists Celebrate the Legacy of Howard Zinn and the Zinn Education Project

There was a standing-room-only crowd at the new Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Md., for the special event on Sept. 21, 2011 to celebrate International Peace Day, dedicate the Zinn Room, and raise funds for the Zinn Education… Read More

The People Speak Actor Danny Glover to Receive the Debs Award

Danny Glover, featured in the film The People Speak,  will receive the 2011 Eugene V. Debs Award. The Debs Foundation wrote: As actor, producer, and humanitarian, Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage, and television… Read More

Tip of the Cap to Howard Zinn from the New York Times’ Bob Herbert

Excerpted from the article “When Democracy Weakens” by Bob Herbert, published February 11, 2011 “The Egyptians want to establish a viable democracy, and that’s a long, hard road. Americans are in the mind-bogglingly self-destructive process of letting a… Read More

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Film Even the Rain/Tambien La Lluvia Dedicated to Howard Zinn

September 16, 2010—The writer and film maker Paul Laverty was asked recently why he and director Icíar Bollaín dedicated his new film “Even the Rain (Tambien La Lluvia),” set in Bolivia and starring Gael Garcia Bernal, to the… Read More

Review of The People Speak on BlogCritics

“The People Speak represents an opportunity very few of us are given. Not only does it present aspects of history not everybody is familiar with, it brings it to life and makes it real. For too many people… Read More

Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Howard Zinn: January 27

Don’t Mourn, Organize Celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) by organizing a community screening of The People Speak documentary or hosting a reading of Voices of a People’s… Read More

Audio of “Sprouts” (Pacifica Radio) Tribute to Howard Zinn Available Online

“This week’s Sprouts is a special tribute to the people’s historian Howard Zinn who passed away one year ago, January 27, 2010, at age 87. The tribute, narrated by host Brian Jones, includes selections from Zinn’s acclaimed documentary… Read More

Busboys & Poets Plans Two Community Screenings of the The People Speak

Don’t Mourn, Organize! Celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) by attending this community screening of Zinn’s The People Speak documentary on the anniversary of his passing. This event… Read More