Howard Zinn at 100

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922-January 27, 2010). To celebrate and highlight his life’s work, we share the various ways organizations, publishers, and individuals are honoring his legacy throughout the year. Let us know if you have any plans to commemorate the centennial.

Will feature a Howard Zinn book list in August 2022.

Launched Howard Zinn Digital Collection, a searchable bibliography of materials by and about Howard Zinn, including books, articles, letters, films, audio, and photos from publishers, broadcasters, organizations, archives, libraries, and personal holdings.

Published a Howard Zinn Photo Gallery organized by time period.

Organizing an archivist, historian, and scholar panel, “Humanizing the Archives — Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies,” with Tamiment Library.

Howard Zinn Book Fair 2022

The Howard Zinn Book Fair returns on Sunday, December 4, 2022, to be held in the San Francisco bay area. Stay tuned at

The Midwestern Archivist

Granted rights to to publish “Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest,” Zinn’s influential article urging archivists to: “One, engage in a campaign to open all government documents to the public. . . . And two, that they take the trouble to compile a whole new world of documentary material, about the lives, desires, needs, of ordinary people.”

The New Press

On Aug. 24, will release a paperback edition of Truth Has a Power of Its Own with a new cover.

From the Foreword by Ray Suarez
In the nearly forty years since the first edition of A People’s History appeared, Zinn’s critics have tried to sandbag him. Some complain that his iconoclasm, his tearing down of long-revered heroes, and his corrections to the record leave only a dreary slog through centuries of oppression, struggle, and suffering. Well, a historian’s job is to find out what actually happened. The horrors are there all right, and Zinn is clear-eyed and persistent in forcing us to look at them.

NYU Tamiment Library

• Newly digitized 293 audio and video recordings of Howard Zinn’s work to ensure long-term preservation and access to researchers around the world. Will be publicly available pending captioning for optimal accessibility.

• Organizing archivist, historian, and scholar panel with for August 2022.

Rethinking Schools

Featuring a piece by Howard Zinn in each quarterly issue of Rethinking Schools magazine.

Seven Stories Press

• Releasing a new edition of A Young People’s History of the United States with a greater focus on Latino history with contributions by Ed Morales. A Spanish edition will follow in 2023.

• Offering a free e-book with excerpts from Howard Zinn’s various works.

Teaching for Change

• Spotlighting Howard Zinn’s catalog of books that spans five decades.

• Featuring stories by former students.

Zinn Education Project

• Launching a series of people’s historians throughout the year — including those who preceded Howard Zinn and others who are amplifying an understanding of people’s history today.

• Featuring Howard Zinn’s writing about prisons and with prisoners.

• Hosting a Teach the Black Freedom Struggle symposium on Aug 22 or 24.

People’s Historians

John Henrik Clarke (Jan. 1, 1915-July 16, 1998)
“I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world over began.”


Howard Zinn on Prison Abolition
Excerpt Justice in Everyday Life: The Way It Really Works (1974):
“Prisons cannot be reformed, any more than slavery can be reformed. They have to be abolished.”

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