1998

‘History as a Political Act’

Howard Zinn interviewed by Raymond Lotta. Revolutionary Worker. December 20, 1998.
"Beneath the surface of youthful 'ambition'—'need to graduate,'' 'need to make a career'—beneath that surface, I believe there's always among young people a hunger to do something worthwhile and important. And if you present young people something that is happening, that touches them...I find that they respond."

A People’s History of the United States

Talk by Howard Zinn. BookTV. Nov. 10, 1998.
On Nov. 10, 1998, Howard Zinn talked about his best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, 1492-present at the Fire and Ice Restaurant in Cambridge, MA.

Historian Zinn Addresses Nation’s Censored Reports

Talk by Howard Zinn. Democracy Now! May 13, 1998.
HOWARD ZINN: Whatever we’re doing, we’re urged to be neutral. And to be neutral in an unneutral world, that is, to be neutral in a world where thing are already happening—that is, children are already going hungry, wars are going on, and terrible things are going on—and you can’t—to be neutral in a world like that is to collaborate with whatevers happening. And we don’t want to—the people we’re honoring here tonight have chosen not to collaborate.

Mergers, Lying Presidents, Activism and Noam Chomsky

Howard Zinn interviewed by Amy Goodman. Democracy Now! December 7, 1998.
Last week’s announcement of the proposed merger of two oil giants, Exxon and Mobil, would create not only the largest oil company in the world, but also the world’s single largest corporation. We speak with historian Howard Zinn for the historical context of the merger, as well as his philosophy on life and activism.
HOWARD ZINN: "It’s just part of a long-term development in American history of the increasing power of corporations."
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Private Ryan Saves War

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. October 1998.
"I was angry…because I did not want the suffering of men in war to be used—yes, exploited—in such a way as to revive what should be buried along with all those bodies in Arlington Cemetery: the glory of military heroism."

The Massacres of History

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. August 1998.
“I want to discuss other massacres because it seemed to me that concentrating attention on the Boston Massacre would be a painless exercise in patriotic fervor.”

There Are Lies, and There Are Lies

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. November 1998.
"In all the excitement about Bill Clinton’s sex scandal, have we as a nation lost a sense of proportion? Clinton has lied to us, deceived us, and then covered up his deceptions about something which, however odious, we did not need to know about and caused no one to lose a life. But there’s a long list of presidents who have lied to us and deceived us, especially since World War II, about activities that we had every right to know, activities in which thousands, even millions, of people lost their lives. "
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