1964

Four Witness to a Mississippi Summer

Article by Howard Zinn. The Nation. December 28, 1964.
An introduction by Howard Zinn to a four-person account of a summer spent in Mississippi including William M. Kunstler (The Lawyer), Beverly Allen Asbury (The Minister), Richard J. Bernstein (The Educator), and Aaron O. Wells (The Doctor).

Incident in Hattiesburg

Article by Howard Zinn. The Nation. May 18, 1964.
Howard Zinn recounts the beating of Oscar Chase, and advocates that "Something needs to be done; at last, about police and jail-house brutality in this country."
Memo to Bob Moses, 1964

Memo to Bob Moses | 1964

Howard Zinn letter to Bob Moses. Freedom Summer Digital Collection at Wisconsin Historical Society. 1964.
This 1964 memo from Howard Zinn to Bob Moses (a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) outlined a plan to minimize violence in Mississippi for the upcoming Freedom Summer, when hundreds of volunteers would be arriving to help African-American residents register to vote, establish a new political party, and learn about history and politics in the newly-formed Freedom Schools. The memo also addressed ways to pressure President Johnson to enforce constitutional rights of citizens exercising their right to vote.

SNCC: The New Abolitionists

By Howard Zinn. Book - Nonfiction. Beacon Press, 1964; South End Press, 2002; Haymarket Books, 2013.
A detailed history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

The Southern Mystique

By Howard Zinn. Book-Nonfiction. Knopf, 1959; Touchstone 1972; ; South End Press, 2002; Haymarket Books, 2013.
In one of his earliest published works, Howard Zinn writes about his experiences teaching and organizing with the Civil Rights Movement in the South.
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