Type of Content: Interviews

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History Detectives: Howard Zinn on the Lawrence Textile Strike

Howard Zinn interviewed by Elyse Luray. PBS History Detectives. 2006.
Elyse Luray: So why was there this renewed interest in the strike?
Howard Zinn: I think that the movements of the 1960s, of Black people in the South, of women, of people all over the country working against the war in Vietnam, of disabled people, there arose out of those movements, a greater interest in history that had been neglected in the orthodox teachings of the past. I think as part of that new interest in people's history, we began to get more interest in labor history, and therefore in the history of the Lawrence Strike.
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Investigation of a Flame (Film)

Howard Zinn interviewed by Lynne Sachs. Clip from Investigation of a Flame. 2013.
On May 17, 1968, nine Vietnam War protesters, including a nurse, an artist and three priests, walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and incinerated them with homemade napalm. The 45-minute documentary film,Investigation of a Flame,offers an intimate look at this unlikely, disparate band of resisters, combining archival footage with informal interviews.
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New Book Featuring Howard Zinn: Truth Has a Power of Its Own

Truth Has a Power of Its Own: Conversations About A People’s History is a collection of never-before-published conversations with Howard Zinn, conducted by the distinguished broadcast journalist Ray Suarez in 2007. Suarez’s probing questions and Zinn’s humane (and often humorous) voice—along with his keen moral vision—shine through every one of these lively and thought-provoking conversations, showing that Zinn’s work is as relevant as ever.
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Zinn Remembers Whitney Young Jr. in "The Powerbroker"

Howard Zinn Remembers Whitney Young Jr.

Interview with Howard Zinn. Clip from The Powerbroker. 2013.
Whitney Young Jr. (July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971) was a civil rights leader and head of the National Urban League. In this clip, Howard Zinn recalls working with Young on desegregation efforts in the South,
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Howard Zinn On Civil Disobedience

Howard Zinn interviewed by Cihan Aksan. State of Nature. Published January 2007 and republished Jan. 27, 2018.
To commemorate the eighth anniversary of the death of historian and activist Howard Zinn, we republish the interview we conducted with him in January 2007.
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Conversation: Howard Zinn and Woody Harrelson | HowardZinn.org

A Conversation: Howard Zinn and Woody Harrelson

Howard Zinn in conversation with Woody Harrelson. Deep Dish TV. October 2003.
In October 2003, months after the United States launched its brutal, criminal war on the people of Iraq, historian Howard Zinn sat down with actor Woody Harrelson for a provocative, humorous, wide ranging conversation.
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DIGITALLY COMPOSITED IMAGE of Boston University Professor Howard Zinn and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Noam Chomsky (glasses) at a 1 P.M. press conference at The Committee to Defend the Panthers, 61 River Street, 10/29/70

When Zinn and Chomsky Met

Howard Zinn interviewed by David Barsamian. Excerpt from The Future of History.
December 7 is the birthday of Howard Zinn’s longtime friend Noam Chomsky. In celebration, we share this interview with David Barsamian of Alternative Radio about how they met.
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Obedience, Activism, and Social Change

Howard Zinn interviewed by David Barsamian. Excerpt. The Progressive, July 1997. The Historic Unfulfilled Promise.
As we approach a new calendar year, we revisit Howard Zinn's warmth, humor, and optimism in this interview with David Barsamian from July 1997. Zinn discusses being considered non-scholarly in the academic world ("...if you write stuff that an ordinary person can read, you’re suspect"). Originally published in The Progressive, the following is excerpted from The Historic Unfulfilled Promise.
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Read, Learn, & Make History
Check out the Howard Zinn Digital Collection to search Zinn’s bibliography by books, articles, audio, video, and more.
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