Speeches and Talks

Historian’s Perspective on American Culture

Talk by Howard Zinn. BookTV. Aug. 12, 1999.
On the Aug. 12, 1999 of "American Perspectives,"Howard Zinn talked about a variety of topics including hate crimes, the two-party system, and cynicism toward American politics. After his comments he answered questions from the audience at the Wellfleet Public Library in Wellfleet, MA.

Historical Interpretation

Talk by Howard Zinn. BookTV. Feb. 7, 1997.
On Feb. 7, 1997, playwright, historian and political activist Zinn talked about the interpretation of history and how our understanding of it affects the future. The event was held at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Introduction by Josh Gardner, senior history major.

History of America

Howard Zinn in discussion with Walter Mosley. BookTV. July 21, 2007.
At the 9th Annual Harlem Book Fair in the Schomburg Center’s Langston Hughes Auditorium, Howard Zinn and Walter Mosley talked about the history of America. Topics included politics, power, wealth and poverty, democracy, and the war in Iraq.
Zinn at the 2008 NCSS | Photo by Steve Puppe/NCSS.

Howard Zinn at the 2008 NCSS Conference

Talk by Howard Zinn. National Council for the Social Studies Conference. 2008.
In 2008, Howard Zinn have a keynote address at the National Conference for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. He offers clear examples of how history teachers can help students think outside of the box.

Howard Zinn on “The Advocates” (1971)

Howard Zinn appearance on “The Advocates.” WGBH TV. April 20, 1971,
Howard Zinn illustrates when civil disobedience has been necessary for changing history: "When very serious evils confronted the American people, they had to go beyond the Congressmen and Senators, and they had to commit civil disobedience and they had even to break the law."
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Just War

By Howard Zinn. Book - Speech. Charta/Distributed Art Publisher. 2006. Foreword by Gino Strada.
Based on a lecture given in Rome, Just War is a short, intense polemic on the political direction of those United States, leading toward what seems to Zinn like perpetual war.
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