Howard Zinn on History

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Howard Zinn on History brings together twenty-seven short writings—originally appearing in newspapers like the Boston Globe or the New York Times; in magazines like Z, the New Left, the Progressive, or the Nation; or in his book Failure to Quit— on activism, electoral politics, the Holocaust, Marxism, the Iraq War, and the role of the historian, as well as portraits of Eugene Debs, John Reed, and Jack London, effectively showing how Zinn’s approach to history evolved over nearly half a century, and at the same time sharing his fundamental thinking that social movements—people getting together for peace and social justice—can change the course of history. That core belief never changed. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Seven Stories Press, 2001; updated 2013.

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Table of Contents

Howard Zinn, Historian by Staughton Lynd • p. 7

  1. Freedom Schools (1964) • p. 19
  2. Nonviolent Direct Action (1966) • p. 33
  3. Historian as Citizen (1966) • p. 43
  4. The New Radicalism (1969) • p. 51
  5. The Uses of Scholarship (1969) • p. 69
  6. Jack London’s T1e Iron Heel (1971) • p. 81
  7. The Marines and the University (1972) • p. 91
  8. The Spirit of Rebellion (1975) • p. 107
  9. Beyond Voting (1976) • p. 111
  10. Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest (1977) • p. 115
  11. A University Should Not Be a Democracy” (1980) • p. 131
  12. Discovering John Reed (1982) • p. 145
  13. “Je Ne Suis Pas Marxiste” (1988) • p. 155
  14. Failure to Quit (1990) • p. 161
  15. How Free is Higher Education? (1991) • p. 169
  16. Columbus and Western Civilization (1992) • p. 179
  17. The Optimism of Uncertainty (1993) • p. 205
  18. The New History (1996) • p. 211
  19. On Presidential Liars (1998) • p. 215
  20. Eugene Debs and the Idea of Socialism (1999) • p. 219
  21. Words of Encouragement (1999) • p. 225
  22. Respecting the Holocaust (1999) • p. 229
  23. A Little Disquisition on Big Government (1999) • p. 235
  24. The Great Silence (2000) • p. 241
  25. Seattle: A Flash of the Possible (2000) • p. 247
  26. The Greatest Generation? (2001) • p. 251
  27. The Limits of Denial (2002) • p. 257
  28. America’s Blinders (2006) • p. 261
  29. Beyond the New Deal (2008) • p. 269
  30. Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire (2008) • p. 273