Speeches and Talks

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‘The Problem Is Civil Obedience’: Chapter 20 from Voices of a People’s History

By Howard Zinn. Speech given in debate with philosopher Charles Frankel on civil disobedience in November 1970. Excerpt from Voices of a People’s History.
I was supposed to appear in court that day in connection with the charges resulting from the army base protest. I had a choice: show up in court and miss this opportunity to explain—and practice—my commitment to civil disobedience, or face the consequences of defying the court order by going to Baltimore. I chose to go.

1492-1992: The Legacy of Columbus

Talk by Howard Zinn. PM Press. 2011.
Howard Zinn returns to the themes he popularized in his masterful A People’s History of the United States—how we interpret history, and what that tells us about the struggles of the vast majority of folks typically written out of the narrative.

A People’s History of American Empire • Talks at Google

Talk by Howard Zinn. Authors@Google. 2008.
The Authors@Google program welcomed Howard Zinn to Google's Cambridge office on November 11, 2008. Professor Howard Zinn discusses the role of U.S. Empire and how militarism and U.S. interventionism comes at a cost of harming the people in the U.S., as well as the harm done to other countries.

A People’s History of the United States

Talk by Howard Zinn. BookTV. Nov. 10, 1998.
On Nov. 10, 1998, Howard Zinn talked about his best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, 1492-present at the Fire and Ice Restaurant in Cambridge, MA.

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

Talk by Howard Zinn. BookTV. Jan. 18, 2007.
Howard Zinn discussed his latest collection of essays, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, that critiques America’s response to 9/11, examines the current state of democracy and government responsibility in America and cites examples of when government has overstepped throughout American history.

Afghanistan, U.S. Wars Gone By, and the Prospects for a Humane U.S. Foreign Policy

Talk by Howard Zinn. Democracy Now! October 22, 2001.
Protests against the U.S. and British attacks against Afghanistan continued around the world—from Belgium to Greece to London, Spain, Thailand, and Indonesia. In Burlington, Vermont this Sunday historian and activist Howard Zinn spoke to more than 1,000 people about the current U.S. war on Afghanistan in the context of previous interventions and the prospects for peace and a humane foreign policy.
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