A People’s History of the United States

A People’s History Inspires Students’ Political Activism

L.A. students of color in lime green shirt In an experiment with nearly 700 students from nine Chicago-area schools, Matthew Nelsen (a PhD candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University) gave out readings on the abolitionist movement, the National Farmworkers Association, and the Chinese Exclusion Act. Half of the readings were from the corporate textbook The American Pageant and the other half from A People’s History of the United States. Afterwards, when Nelsen asked students to report on their willingness to participate in political activities (voting, campaigning, or demonstrations), Black and Latino youth reported a greater willingness to participate when they read passages from A People’s History.

A People’s History: “You Didn’t Get Assigned in School But Definitely Need to Read”

Bustle: 15 History Books You Didn't Get Assigned In School But Definitely Need To Read | HowardZinn.org

Bustle: 15 History Books You Didn't Get Assigned In School But Definitely Need To Read | HowardZinn.orgBy Sadie Trombetta • Bustle.com • Sept. 22, 2017

Right now all around the country, Confederate statues are being taken down, and the issue has the nation divided. On one side, Americans are ready to let go of memorials that glorify the leaders who fought to preserve slavery and promote racial discrimination, and on the other, people are claiming the removal of these monuments is an erasure of history.…

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.

“Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn
Witch-hunt”

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

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

Academic Freedom 101 | Illustration by Gary Varvel | The Indianpolis Star "The Associated Press published an article based on e-mail records it obtained under Indiana's open records laws. Those e-mail records showed Daniels, while governor of Indiana, asking that no public universities teach the work of Howard Zinn."

‘I Wish Obama Would Listen to MLK’

Democracy Now! • May 13, 2009
Legendary historian Howard Zinn joins us to talk about war, torture and the teaching of history. Zinn says had Obama heeded the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he wouldn’t be escalating U.S. attacks abroad and increasing the size of the U.S. military budget.

‘The Human Reality of War Changed My Life’

Interviewed by Pedro de la Hoz • La Habana • May 7, 2004
"Those who call themselves objective lie because they pick events and cover up their taking of sides. I do not hide to say: this is my point of view, it is not the only one, face it and make your own conclusions."