On January 27, share how you make people’s history This year marks the 40th anniversary of A People’s History of the United States, and the 10th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s death on January 27, 2010. No doubt, Zinn’s… Read More
David W. Blight, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, delivered the fourth Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture at Boston University on Monday, Dec. 2. Blight’s topic is “Frederick Douglass: Prose Poet of American Democracy.” The event took place… Read More
The 6th annual Howard Zinn Book Fair will take place Sunday, Dec. 8, at City College in San Francisco. This year’s theme is “Strike! Discovering Our Power.” From the organizers: We selected this theme to celebrate the ways… Read More
Truth Has a Power of Its Own: Conversations About A People’s History is a collection of never-before-published conversations with Howard Zinn, conducted by the distinguished broadcast journalist Ray Suarez in 2007, that covers the course of American history… Read More
Historian Eric Foner spoke at the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series on the topic of “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Forged a Constitutional Revolution.” The event took place at Boston University on March 19,… Read More
In light of the death of the President George H. W. Bush on November 30, 2018, we share some of Howard Zinn’s writing about the Bush administration, excerpted from Chapter 21 of A People’s History of the United States…. Read More
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… Read More
Beacon Press has published an new edition of Howard Zinn’s 1994 autobiography You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History in which Zinn tells his personal stories about 50 years of fighting for social change…. Read More
Abraham A. Callahan has shared his paper “Two Rebel Historians: Thucydides, Howard Zinn and Telling Truth for Social Good ” with HowardZinn.org. Written as an honors thesis in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at… Read More
The fifth annual Howard Zinn Book Fair will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the San Francisco City College Mission Campus from 10am-6pm. This year’s theme is “Fighting for the Air We Breathe.” Theme description: The effects… Read More
The University of Georgia Press has published Howard Zinn’s Southern Diary: Sit-Ins, Civil Rights, and Black Women’s Student Activism by Robert Cohen with a foreword by Alice Walker. The book includes diary entries from Howard Zinn’s time teaching at… Read More
Purdue University faculty has created a Howard Zinn Memorial Research Award Fund in American Studies. This award is open to all Purdue University students majoring in American Studies, and offers at least $1,000 annually to “support interdisciplinary American… Read More
Howard Zinn was the faculty adviser for the Boston University (BU) student newspaper, bu exposure. In 1977-78, the administration of John Silber demanded that Zinn agree to review the contents of the paper before it was published and… Read More
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.Read More...
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… Read More
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… Read More
The third annual Howard Zinn Book Fair was held in San Francisco on December 4, 2016. Historian Carl Mirra shared with us a description of one of the sessions at the book fair. Mirra describes the panel “Making… Read More
Nov. 22 marks the birthday of Staughton Lynd, longtime friend of Howard Zinn. They both taught at Spelman College and can be described as long-distance runners for justice.
“I have admired [Lynd] enormously ever since I first met him,” Zinn wrote shortly before his death, because he is an “exemplar of strength and gentleness in the quest for a better world.” Read more about Lynd in this tribute by Andy Piascik.
“Howard’s calm, quiet insistence on doing what was right and taking a stand are lessons that have stayed with me for a lifetime.”Read More...
By Howard Zinn
This essay (written for Z Magazine in 1990, and reprinted in my book Failure to Quit, was inspired (if you are willing to call this an inspired piece) by my students of the Eighties. I was teaching a spring and fall lecture course with four hundred students in each course (and yet with lots of discussion). I looked hard, listened closely, but did not find the apathy, the conservatism, the disregard for the plight of others, that everybody (right and left) was reporting about “the me generation.”
I can understand pessimism, but I don’t believe in it. It’s not simply a matter of faith, but of historical evidence. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give hope, because for hope we don’t need certainty, only possibility.Read More...