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History Detectives: Howard Zinn on the Lawrence Textile Strike

Howard Zinn interviewed by Elyse Luray. PBS History Detectives. 2006.
Elyse Luray: So why was there this renewed interest in the strike?
Howard Zinn: I think that the movements of the 1960s, of Black people in the South, of women, of people all over the country working against the war in Vietnam, of disabled people, there arose out of those movements, a greater interest in history that had been neglected in the orthodox teachings of the past. I think as part of that new interest in people's history, we began to get more interest in labor history, and therefore in the history of the Lawrence Strike.

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 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.

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."

Howard Zinn on Democracy in America

Howard Zinn interviewed BigThink. May 5, 2008.
What is the state of democracy in America?
HOWARD ZINN: We don’t have a lot of democracy in America today. We have these formal institutions. We have representative government and we have a Bill of Rights… Sure, we are more democratic than an absolutist and totalitarian state, but we in the United States are still quite a long way from democracy and certainly a long way from economic democracy.

Howard Zinn on Iraq: Advice for the Next U.S. President

Interviewed by BigThink • 5/8/08
What should the next U.S. President do to get the military out of Iraq?
HOWARD ZINN: I think the next president should begin, announce the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. I think this will be a very healthy thing for Iraq. The American occupation has not helped a thing. It has not stopped civil war; it has provoked civil war. It has not given the Iraqi people security or democracy; it has given them the opposite. It has ruined their country. And, of course, it has ruined our country, too.
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