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.
At the White House Conference on American History, speakers (including President Trump) attacked Howard Zinn, the New York Times 1619 Project, and the Zinn Education Project. As Brett Wilkins reported at Common Dreams, "Educators fired back a series of tweets defending the project and accusing the president of spreading 'McCarthy-like' and 'fascist' ideas."
Shannon O'Neill was appointed Curator for the Tamiment-Wagner Collections at NYU Special Collections, where the Howard Zinn Papers are housed. O'Neill shared that "Zinn’s words guide my practice and remind me that archives are a site of violence and erasure for people of color, disabled people, poor people, queer people, and so many others within and at the intersections of marginalized identities."
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 A People’s History of the United States. Afterwards, when Nelsen asked students to report on their willingness to participate in political activities (voting, campaigning, or demonstrations), Black and Latino youth reported a greater willingness to participate when they read passages from A People’s History.