Failure to Quit: Reflections of an Optimistic Historian


Failure to Quit: Reflections of an Optimistic HistorianIn this lively collection of essays, Zinn discusses a wide range of historical and political topics, from the role of the Supreme Court in U.S. history to the nature of higher education today. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Common Courage Press, 1993; South End Press, 1999; Haymarket Books, 2013.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction • p. 1
  • “Who Controls the Past Controls the Future”: Interview with David Barsamian • p. 3
  • The Optimism of Uncertainty • p. 23
  • Objections to Objectivity • p. 29
  • The Problem is Civil Obedience • p. 43
  • The Supreme Court is Not Supreme • p. 53
  • The Bill of Rights • p. 59
  • Second Thoughts on the First Amendment • p. 69
  • How Free is Higher Education? • p. 89
  • Just and Unjust Wars • p. 99
  • Terrorism Over Tripoli • p. 117
  • Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress: 1492-1992 • p. 121
  • “Je Ne Suis Pas un Marxiste” • p. 145
  • The Perils of Plato • p. 151
  • Failure to Quit • p. 157