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A People’s History Inspires Students’ Political Activism

L.A. students of color in lime green shirt

In an experiment with nearly 700 students from nine Chicago-area schools, Matthew Nelsen (a PhD candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University) gave out readings on the abolitionist movement, the National Farmworkers Association, and the Chinese Exclusion Act. Half of the readings were from the corporate textbook The American Pageant and the other half from …

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the Life of Howard Zinn

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the Life of Howard Zinn | HowardZinn.org

In this interview with Jacobin magazine and The Dig podcast, Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor talks about her foreword to a new edition of Zinn’s autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train. Taylor notes: Zinn could have written an autobiography that was a thousand pages long. But he wrote a relatively modest volume, two hundred-some …

History Distorted: Sam Wineburg’s Critique of Howard Zinn

By David Detmer One of Howard Zinn’s harshest, and most influential, critics is Sam Wineburg, the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford History Education Group. In the Winter 2012-2013 issue of American Educator, Professor Wineburg published an eight-page essay entitled “Undue Certainty: Where Howard Zinn’s A People’s History …

‘Bringing Zinn to Class’: Bostonia Features Zinn Education Project Cofounder and Arkansas Book Drive

The Summer 2017 issue of Bostonia, the Boston University alumni magazine, features a profile of Zinn Education Project co-founder William Holtzman and the recent book drive undertaken in response to a proposed Zinn book ban in Arkansas.

Arkansas Bill Attempts to Ban Howard Zinn Books

Arkansas students want Zinn Books | HowardZinn.org

On March 1, 2017, Arkansas Representative Kim Hendren (R) introduced Bill HB1834 to prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas “from including in its curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn.” This is not the first attempt to ban books by Howard Zinn in public schools. In …

Letters Refute Fareed Zakaria’s Claim: ‘Bannon’s view closest to Howard Zinn’

Washington Post - Writers Refute Fareed Zakaria | HowardZinn.org

In a Washington Post article on February 9, 2017, Fareed Zakaria compared Steve Bannon and Howard Zinn, concluding that, In a strange way, Bannon’s dark, dystopian view of U.S. history is closest to that of Howard Zinn, a popular far-left scholar whose “A People’s History of the United States” is a tale of the many …

Howard Zinn Inspired Spelman Women to Stand Up, Speak Out, and Soar

Howard Zinn Inspired Spelman Women to Stand Up | HowardZinn.org

Spelman College featured several scholars and activists who talked about the huge impact former Spelman professor Howard Zinn had upon their lives. Marian Wright Edelman recalls, “He was a very creative, magical teacher. He taught us how to think for ourselves, to analyze, to question what we read, and speak truth to power. He was …

A People’s History Was One of David Bowie’s Favorite Books

Remembering David Bowie through His 100 Favorite Books | Howard Zinn Website

Michael Schaub of the Los Angeles Times paid tribute to David Bowie, who died on January 10, 2016, by republishing Bowie’s 100 favorite books. Amongst them were Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. See the full list at the Los Angeles Times article and the original posting at DavidBowie.com (via Internet Archives) …

The 100 Best Bostonians of All Time

The 100 Best Bostonians of All Time

Boston Magazine published the “The 100 Best Bostonians of All Time” which includes Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, W. E. B. DuBois, Helen Keller, Malcolm X, Phillis Wheatley and other people’s history makers. The list notes Zinn’s contribution of writing A People’s History of the United States. Born in New York,  Zinn came to the city to …