Theme and Topic: Activism

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Blaming Outside Agitators

By Howard Zinn. Excerpt from chapter three of Howard Zinn’s autobiography You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
"When students begin to defy established authority it often appears to besieged administrators that “someone must be behind this,” the implication being that young people are incapable of thinking or acting on their own."
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Disturbing the War

By Howard Zinn. “Speech Against the Vietnam War on Boston Common,” published in Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963–2009
"They’ll say we’re disturbing the peace, but there is no peace. What really bothers them is that we’re disturbing the war." —Howard Zinn
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Against Discouragement

By Howard Zinn. Speech and article. Spelman College. May 15, 2005.
In 1963, Howard Zinn was fired from Spelman College because of his support for students' civil rights activism. In 2005, he was invited back by President Beverly Daniel Tatum to give the commencement address. Here is the text of that speech, given on May 15, 2005, and published in Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics.
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