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Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Power of Learning People’s History

With Banned Book Week (Sept. 21-28) in full swing, we call attention to the recent—sometimes successful—attempts to ban Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. In 2012, the Tucson Unified School District decided to abolish the highly-successful… Read More

Ludlow Massacre

On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard attacked a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado. An estimated two dozen people were killed, including young children. Known as the Ludlow Massacre, Howard… Read More

Marx in Soho Fall 2014 Schedule

Bob Weick enters his 10th season performing Howard Zinn’s play, Marx in Soho, with performances scheduled for Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. In Howard Zinn’s brilliant, timely play, Karl Marx launches into a passionate, funny and moving defense of… Read More

New HowardZinn.org Website Launches

In August 2014, a new version of HowardZinn.org launched to provide greater online access to articles, interviews, and other works by and about Howard Zinn. The website also offers a comprehensive list of books by Howard Zinn and… Read More

Flyer: NYU Zinn Symposium | April 2014

Zinn Papers Dedicated at NYU Symposium

On April 24, 2014, a daylong symposium was held at New York University (NYU) to celebrate the donation of Zinn’s personal papers to NYU’s Tamiment Library by his children, Myla Kabat-Zinn and Jeff Zinn. Included in the donation are Zinn’s personal correspondences, school and military records, FBI files, datebooks, biographical articles, and interviews.

Panels held throughout the day highlighted different aspects of Zinn’s life and work, and included the following participants…

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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.

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

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… Read More

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher: Memories from Former Students

The Zinn Education Project is collecting personal remembrances from Zinn’s students at Spelman College in Atlanta and Boston University. The first stories were posted in August of 2013 in honor of what would have been Howard Zinn’s 91st birthday.

Who’s Afraid of Radical History?

Mitch Daniels’s covert war on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. By Robert Cohen and Sonia Murrow • The Nation • August 5, 2013 A recent Associated Press expose—drawing on e-mails obtained under the Freedom of… Read More

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

Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

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.”

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

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

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… Read More

Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn’s Legacies and the Future of Activism

A new book is available that engage the various complexities and tensions present throughout Howard Zinn’s work and subject them to a 21st century assessment. It is edited by Stephen Bird, Adam Silver, and Joshua Yesnowitz. Here is… Read More

The Howard Zinn Archives at Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations with information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. The programs are also available… Read More

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International Journal of Social Education: Special Issue on Howard Zinn

This special edition came about after scholars presented and discussed perspectives on the important influences of Howard Zinn to education, history, and citizenship at the 2010 Midwest Peace and Justice Summit in Indianapolis. As the editors explain in… Read More

Castles for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio

Poet Martín Espada wrote a poem to honor Howard Zinn called “Castles for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio.” He read the poem during a 2013 interview on Moyers & Company. Espada referred to Zinn as “the… Read More

New Release: Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches, 1963 – 2009

A collection of Howard Zinn’s speeches, edited by Anthony Arnove, was released by Haymarket Books. “Reading Howard’s spoken words I feel that I am almost hearing his voice again. Even in writing its unique appeal comes through —… Read More

The People Speak in Chicago Schools

During the 2011–2012 school year, the non-profit organization Voices of a People’s History ran a pilot project in Chicago to bring free educational resources, public performing arts programming, film screenings, and professional development workshops to educators and their… Read More

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

A People’s History Banned in Tucson Schools

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… Read More

Honoring Howard Zinn: A Historian Who Made History

Noam Chomsky, noted author and philosopher, and Anthony Arnove, filmmaker and editor, spoke at SUNY-New Paltz, on Dec. 4, 2011 in tribute to the legacy and life’s work of Howard Zinn. This event was titled “Honoring Howard Zinn:… Read More

Howard Zinn Room Poster | Photo by Robin Holland

Educators and Activists Celebrate the Legacy of Howard Zinn and the Zinn Education Project

There was a standing-room-only crowd at the new Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Md., for the special event on Sept. 21, 2011 to celebrate International Peace Day, dedicate the Zinn Room, and raise funds for the Zinn Education… Read More