Speeches and Talks

Artists in a Time of War (Audio)

Talk by Howard Zinn. AK Press. 2002.
Recorded a month after 9/11, America’s finest social historian examines the role, and response, of artists in society, and particularly, during wartime.

Bob Moses: A Life of Civil Rights Activism

Speeches by Bob Moses and Howard Zinn. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Leader and the Legacy Forum. C-SPAN. October 15, 1986.
Bob Moses, civil rights activist and founder of The Algebra Project, died on July 25, 2021. We pay tribute to Moses and share a collection of materials from the Howard Zinn’s papers and books that provide a look at Moses. We also share a video clip and transcript from the Martin Luther King Jr.: The Leader and the Legacy Forum (1986) where Moses and Zinn gave commentary on papers presented.

Bringing Democracy Alive

Talk by Howard Zinn. Howard Zinn Lecture Series. BU Today. November 2, 2006.
In this inaugural talk, Howard Zinn calls for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. Zinn accuses the Bush administration of starting a "war of aggression" against Iraq and the American public. He argues that the government and its "warmongering" organs - the mass media and the congress - are not to be relied on for information and exhorts Americans to stop believing that government has the interest of the people in mind.

Historian Howard Zinn on History and Politics

Talk by Howard Zinn. Democracy Now! June 10, 1997.
HOWARD ZINN: After you lived a little and struggled a little and been involved a little, you learn at some point along the line that that’s not quite democracy. It’s very far, very far from democracy. I remember seeing—that voting is a puny act in a society which is much, much more complex and where power and people have a much more intricate relationship than they could possibly have in a voting booth.

Historian Zinn Addresses Nation’s Censored Reports

Talk by Howard Zinn. Democracy Now! May 13, 1998.
HOWARD ZINN: Whatever we’re doing, we’re urged to be neutral. And to be neutral in an unneutral world, that is, to be neutral in a world where thing are already happening—that is, children are already going hungry, wars are going on, and terrible things are going on—and you can’t—to be neutral in a world like that is to collaborate with whatevers happening. And we don’t want to—the people we’re honoring here tonight have chosen not to collaborate.
blue scroll button with white arrow