Year: 2009

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The State of the Union: Notes on an Obama Administration

By Howard Zinn. Book - Speech. Back Bay Books. 2009.
Based on a talk delivered in the weeks following the historic election of Barack Obama, The State of the Union is a sobering look at whether the new president could turn the euphoria of a nation toward enacting the change his supporters had hoped for.
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SNCC Worker Briefing, Fall 1963 | HowardZinn.org

SNCC: The Battle-Scarred Youngsters

By Howard Zinn. Article. The Nation, October 5, 1963 and republished April 23, 2009.
Howard Zinn wrote about SNCC’s participation at the 1963 March on Washington. “. . . the youngest speaker on the platform, John Lewis...lashed out in anger, not only at the Dixiecrats, but at the Kennedy Administration, which had been successful up to that moment in directing the indignation of 200,000 people at everyone but itself.”
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Voices of a People's History, 10th Anniversary Edition

Voices of a People’s History of the United States

Edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Book - Nonfiction. Seven Stories Press. 2004, 2009, 2014.
Voices of a People’s History is the companion volume to A People’s History of the United States featuring selected testimonies to living history—speeches, letters, poems, songs—left by the people who make history happen but who usually are left out of history books—women, workers, nonwhites with short introductions by Zinn.
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Commemorating Tiyo Attallah Salah-El, Prison Activist

Howard Zinn letter to Tiyo Attallah Salah-El. Papers of Tiyo Attallah Salah-El (1890-2006), University of Massachusetts Amherst. September 5, 2009.
Tiyo Attallah Salah-El (Sept. 13, 1932 – June 8, 2018) was a musician, scholar, and prison abolitionist who founded the Coalition for the Abolition of Prisons in 1995. Salah-El was 85 years and had been incarcerated for more than 40 years. He became pen pals with Howard Zinn who Zinn mentioned in his autobiography You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
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The People Speak

By Chris Moore, Howard Zinn, and Anthony Arnove. The History Channel. 2009.
The People Speak is a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans. The film gives voice to those who, by insisting on equality and justice, spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history and also illustrates the relevance of this to today's society.
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Howard Zinn: Interview by Bill Moyers

Howard Zinn interviewed Bill Moyers . Bill Moyers Journal. December 11, 2009.
“I have confidence in the future. You know why? You have to be patient. Farmworkers were at one point in as helpless a position as the labor movement is today. But as Cesar Chavez said, we learned that you have to organize. And it takes time, it takes patience, it takes persistence.”
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