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Ludlow Massacre

Interview with Howard Zinn. Clip from Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train. First Run Features. 2004.
On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard attacked a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado. Howard Zinn explains in this clip how he first learned of the Ludlow Massacre from a song by Woody Guthrie.

Our Interview with the People’s Historian, Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn interviewed by The Boulder Weekly. Oct. 2, 2008.
"We resemble other times in history before the movements were effective — when they were just growing, when they were just developing. The anti-slavery movement had to develop over 30 years. The anti-war movement against Vietnam had to develop over four or five years. The Civil Rights movement had to develop over decades and decades. So, we are in a stage of development. You can’t just look at where we are right now and say, 'Well, we’re not doing it, we’re incapable, we’re hopeless.'"

Postwar America: 1945–1971

By Howard Zinn. Book - Essays. Bobbs-Merrill, 1973; South End Press, 2002; Haymarket Books, 2013.
The postwar boom in the U.S. brought about massive changes in U.S. society and culture. In this accessible volume, historian Howard Zinn offers a view from below on these vital years in American history.

Radical History: A Conversation with Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn interviewed by Harry Kreisler. Conversations with History. April 20, 2001.
KREISLER: Let's talk a little about your youth first and then talk about the other things. How specifically do you think your parents shaped your character?
ZINN: The only influence that had in my life was my observation of their lives. My observation that my father was working very hard, of honest hardworking men. My mother working very hard, raising four sons and yet, of course, they had nothing to show for it. That is, they were perfect counterpoints to the Horatio Alger myth that if you work hard in this country you will get somewhere. And I think that that intensified my feeling about the injustice of an economic system in which there are people all over the country like my parents who worked very, very hard had nothing to show for it.

Rebels Against Tyranny: An Interview with Howard Zinn on Anarchism

Howard Zinn interviewed by Žiga Vodovnik. CounterPunch. May 12, 2008.
"There is one central characteristic of anarchism on the matter of means, and that central principle is a principle of direct action. ... In the South, they did not wait for the government to give them a signal, or to go through the courts, to file lawsuits, wait for Congress to pass the legislation. They took direct action; they went into restaurants, were sitting down there and wouldn’t move. They got on those busses and acted out the situation that they wanted to exist."

ReGENERATION Documentary

Interview with Howard Zinn. Clip from #ReGENERATION. Anonymous Content and Engine 7 Films. 2012.
#ReGENERATION is a documentary film that explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement and the state of social activism in our society. The film takes an uncompromising look at the challenges facing today’s youth and young adults as they attempt to engage on a myriad of social and political issues that includes interviews with Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Adbusters’ Kalle Lasn, Andrew Bacevich, Talib Kweli, and many others.

Remembering Murray Levin

By Howard Zinn. Article. The Monthly Review. February 2009.
I suspect that many on the U.S. left do not know the name of Murray Levin—political scientist, writer, teacher—who died at the age of seventy-two in late 1999. It would be hard to characterize his politics in simple terms; “socialist,” “radical,” “progressive?” In the thirty-five years I knew him, including twenty-four years as his close friend and colleague at Boston University, there was never any occasion to describe him in any of those ways. One thing, however, can be stated with confidence: Murray Levin made an important contribution to the radical movement in this country—by what he wrote, how he taught, and how he behaved as a dissident intellectual in the world of academe.

Rise Like Lions: The Role Of Artists In a Time Of War

Howard Zinn interviewed by David Barsamian. The Sun. July 2004.
Barsamian: You have called attention to the role of artists in a time of war. What attracts you to artists?
Zinn: Artists play a special role in social change. I first noticed this when I was a teenager and becoming politically aware for the first time. It was people in the arts who had the greatest emotional effect on me.
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