In the late 1980s, Howard Zinn took the stand in defense of the United Freedom Front during a record-breaking sedition trial in Massachusetts. Much like he did in other well-known defense cases, Zinn defended civil disobedience and direct action against forces that infringed upon civil liberties and democracy.
The Howard Zinn Digital Collection allows visitors to sort by articles, books, essays, interviews, monographs, plays, speeches and talks from publishers, broadcasters, organizations, archives, libraries, and personal holdings. Visitors can further focus their search by time periods and format type. This interface provides historians, researchers, and activists a way to delve deeper into Zinn’s life’s work. For those new to Zinn’s work, this interface allows for people to explore the range of materials available.
In spring 2021, we piloted the Transcribe Zinn project with five volunteers. This team cleaned up rough transcriptions, reviewed, and provided feedback to shape the next phase. These transcriptions allow researchers, historians, and students to search through Zinn's audiovisual materials and make the materials more findable in searches.
In a January 21, 2021 article, Fast Company asked 'top designers and thought leaders to recommend books that designers should read to expand their thinking beyond the traditional design text." A People's History of the United States kicks off the list.
We are pleased to share that HowardZinn.org is embarking on a long-term project to dig into the archives and bring Zinn's own historical records to new audiences through digitization and transcription.
We begin with four new pieces. There are hundreds more! You can help prepare the transcripts for publishing. Learn more and sign up!
As we approach the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn's birthday in 2022, we are creating new ways to engage with his life and legacy. We are seeking volunteers to help us transcribe audio and visual materials. If you have a good ear for voices and/or are adept at typing and using editing tools, please consider helping out!
The 2020 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture features Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Nina Silber on Dec. 7 at 5pm EST. Kendi is professor, anti-racist activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy, and the founding director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is also the author of the National Book Award winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and New York Times bestselling How to Be an Antiracist.