Film/Video/TV

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.

Arundhati Roy in Conversation with Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn interviews Arundhati Roy. Lensic Theater. September 18, 2002.
This video is from the event awarding the Prize for Cultural Freedom to Arundhati Roy. Zinn interviews Roy about growing up, her writing, class, and politics.

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.

Candidates Not Addressing “Fundamental Issues of American Policy in the World”

Interviewed by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Democracy Now! Oct. 14, 2004.
HOWARD ZINN: Well, the contest, unfortunately, is not giving us any kind of fundamental reappraisal of American policy foreign and domestic. By a fundamental reappraisal, I mean we are dealing with a serious issue of the war in Iraq and we’re dealing with the serious issues of health and education, and what to do with the wealth of the United States to help people, and neither candidate is addressing the fundamentals.

Ends and Means: History and Consequences of Anti-Communism

Howard Zinn interviewed by DeeDee Halleck. Institute for Media Analysis. 1988.
Howard Zinn discusses how the word communism (and Marxism) is used to obscure people’s attention, scapegoat people and movements, and how he prefers to get to the essence of where people stand on issues rather than using labels. Zinn heralds radicals as people we need to help achieve a more just world.

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.
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