Type of Content: Interviews

Value of Skepticism and Breaking Down Barriers with Students

Howard Zinn interviewed by David Barsamian. Excerpt excerpt from Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics.
As the school year gets underway, we share this excerpt from Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics on democratic education, the value of skepticism, and building trust with students.
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Ludlow Massacre

Interview with Howard Zinn. Clip from Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train. First Run Features. 2004.
On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard attacked a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado. Howard Zinn explains in this clip how he first learned of the Ludlow Massacre from a song by Woody Guthrie.
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ReGENERATION Documentary

Interview with Howard Zinn. Clip from #ReGENERATION. Anonymous Content and Engine 7 Films. 2012.
#ReGENERATION is a documentary film that explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement and the state of social activism in our society. The film takes an uncompromising look at the challenges facing today’s youth and young adults as they attempt to engage on a myriad of social and political issues that includes interviews with Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Adbusters’ Kalle Lasn, Andrew Bacevich, Talib Kweli, and many others.
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A Moment with Howard Zinn

Interview with Howard Zinn • Moment Magazine, April/May 2010
"Shortly before his death, he spoke with Moment about his self-described radical views on American history and why he believed a one-state solution was ideal for both Arabs and Israelis."
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‘One Long Struggle for Justice’

Howard Zinn interviewed by Bill Bigelow. Author on Air. January 19, 2010.
In early January of 2010, the Zinn Education Project joined with HarperCollins, publisher of Howard Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States, to sponsor an “Ask Howard” online radio interview, and invited teachers from around the country to participate. Sixty teachers and students submitted written questions to Professor Zinn. The Jan. 19 interview was conducted by Rethinking Schools Curriculum Editor Bill Bigelow. Below is the full audio recording, followed by excerpts from that interview, edited for length and clarity.
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Howard Zinn: Interview by Bill Moyers

Howard Zinn interviewed Bill Moyers . Bill Moyers Journal. December 11, 2009.
“I have confidence in the future. You know why? You have to be patient. Farmworkers were at one point in as helpless a position as the labor movement is today. But as Cesar Chavez said, we learned that you have to organize. And it takes time, it takes patience, it takes persistence.”
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‘I Wish Obama Would Listen to MLK’

Howard Zinn interviewed by Amy Goodman. Democracy Now! May 13, 2009.
Legendary historian Howard Zinn joins us to talk about war, torture and the teaching of history. Zinn says had Obama heeded the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he wouldn’t be escalating U.S. attacks abroad and increasing the size of the U.S. military budget.
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Howard Zinn Describes Work in the Navy Yards

Howard Zinn interviewed by Daniella Romano. Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive. December 8, 2008.
In this interview, Zinn shares detailed memories about growing up in Brooklyn, working as an apprentice shipfitter in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, helping to organize an apprentice shipfitter association, organizing a winning basketball team, and his first date with Roslyn Shechter, his future wife.
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