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    HOWARD ZINN 1922–2010

    Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922-January 27, 2010) was a historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist.


Scare Words Leave Scars on Everyone

By Howard Zinn • Newsday • January 22, 1989
“The use of scare words is profoundly undemocratic. It stifles debate; it creates an atmosphere in which people are afraid to speak their minds, honestly, afraid to examine all ideas.” Learn more.

color image of priest Daniela and Phil Berrigan

The Day I Met Father Dan Berrigan — Thanks To Howard Zinn

By William Holtzman
Father Berrigan had been enjoying an 18-month “vacation” at Danbury prison in Connecticut for pouring blood on draft board records. And now he was finally getting out. Howard asked, “Anyone want to drive to Danbury and celebrate Dan’s release?” Two days later, about 25 of us headed west on I-90. Read more.

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From the Archives

This collection features items from the Howard Zinn Papers at the Tamiment Library, the Summer Freedom Digital Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and other historical repositories.

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Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher Series

Our Favorite Teacher | HowardZinn.orgHoward Zinn taught at Spelman College and Boston University where he had an extraordinary influence on his students’ understanding of history and their role in the world.  Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher highlights Zinn’s lasting impact as a professor.