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2015 Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award

PEN New England selected Ferguson activists and bloggers Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson to receive the 2015 Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award. Formerly named the “Thomas Paine Award,” the Freedom to Write Award was re-named in honor of Howard Zinn. PEN New England stated, “In awarding Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson the 2015 Zinn Award, we are recognizing …

Bashing Howard Zinn: A Critical Look at One of the Critics

Alison Kysia • Zinn Education Project • November 18, 2013
Since the death of historian Howard Zinn in 2010, a number of scholars and politicians have targeted Zinn’s work in an effort to undermine his influence among educators.

‘Howard Zinn Read-In’ Celebrates Power of ‘Dangerous’ Education

Howard Zinn Read In | WeAreMany.org

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ attempt to censor Zinn’s classic ‘A People’s History’ backfires, sparks ongoing interest in late historian’s work. By Andrea Germano In organizing a Howard Zinn read-in at Purdue University, students have cultivated what is described as an “imaginative and defiant response to the corporate attack on our students and our schools.”Controversy …

“Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn
Witch-hunt”

Zinn at the 2008 NCSS | Photo by Steve Puppe/NCSS.

By Bill Bigelow • Common Dreams • July 18, 2013
Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, one of the country’s most widely read history books, died on January 27, 2010. Shortly after, then-Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels got on his computer and fired off an email to the state’s top education officials: “This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away.”

Mitch Daniels Attempted to Ban Zinn’s “People’s History” as Governor

Academic Freedom 101 | Illustration by Gary Varvel | The Indianpolis Star

Mitch Daniels, as an unconventional choice to become Purdue University’s president, has repeatedly pledged his strong commitment to academic freedom. And many professors — including some who had questioned the wisdom of appointing a governor as university president — have given him high marks for the start of his work at Purdue.

A People’s History Banned in Tucson Schools

Banned Book Cover: A People's History of the United States

Last week, the Tucson Unified School District eliminated a popular Mexican American Studies program in local high schools that, in a short period of time, had done a lot of good.. . .When an outside audit gave the program a positive review, the district ended it anyway and, for good measure, ordered that teachers discontinue …

Film Even the Rain/Tambien La Lluvia Dedicated to Howard Zinn

Film • Even the Rain cover image

September 16, 2010—The writer and film maker Paul Laverty was asked recently why he and director Icíar Bollaín dedicated his new film “Even the Rain (Tambien La Lluvia),” set in Bolivia and starring Gael Garcia Bernal, to the historian Howard Zinn: Over 25 years ago in Managua, Nicaragua, a close friend Myrna Santiago, who is …

Review of The People Speak on BlogCritics

“The People Speak represents an opportunity very few of us are given. Not only does it present aspects of history not everybody is familiar with, it brings it to life and makes it real. For too many people history has been confined to the pages of dusty books and boring classrooms – this represents a …

The NYT Magazine Slights Howard Zinn in Its Farewell to 2010

Howard Zinn • Photographer unknown

By Matthew Rothschild • The Progressive • December 27, 2010

I picked up my Sunday Times yesterday morning and saw that the magazine section was doing its annual obituary section, “The Lives They Lived.”

I expected to find Howard Zinn in there, one of the most towering leftwing intellectuals in America of the last 50 years.

But he was nowhere in sight.

Release of Howard Zinn’s Decades Long FBI File

Howard Zinn's FBI File

In July 2010, the FBI released a 243-page file on Howard Zinn. The release describes the historian as “radical.” The documents show the bureau taking an active interest in Zinn since the late 1940s, when he was a student at New York University. The interest continued through the 1950s, as Zinn worked on his PhD …