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HOWARD ZINN 1922–2010

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

Howard Zinn speaking at a peace rally • Date unknown


Zinn was a historian, playwright, and activist. His life’s work focused on a wide range of issues including race, class, war, and history, and touched the lives of many people.
Howard Zinn on the telephone • Photo by Paul Alan Smith • Date unknown

Articles & Interviews

In addition to writing books, Zinn wrote articles, had several columns, and participated in numerous interviews. Many of these are available here in print, audio, and video.
Howard Zinn at his typerwriter • Estate of Howard Zinn • Late 1970s


Zinn was the author of many books, including A People’s History of the United States, SNCC: The New Abolitionists, the play Emma, and his autobiography You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.

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Disturbing the War

In “Speech Against the Vietnam War, Boston Common,” given on May 5, 1971, Howard Zinn said, “They’ll say we’re disturbing the peace, but there is no peace. What really bothers them is that we are disturbing the war. For two weeks, for two weeks we have not let the country forget about this war. The veterans in their ways, the mass meetings in their way, the disrupters in their way . . . and we must continue disturbing the war and the makers of the war.”

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Howard Zinn’s Southern Diary | HowardZinn.org

Blaming Outside Agitators

In this excerpt from the autobiography You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, Howard Zinn illustrates how Spelman students organized to petition for social change at their institution and the administration’s response. Zinn writes,

When students begin to defy established authority it often appears to besieged administrators that ‘someone must be behind this,’ the implication being that young people are incapable of thinking or acting on their own.”

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