- Howard Zinn
- The official Howard Zinn website. Includes a list of speaking
dates, in addition to just about anything else you'll be wanting.
- "Our government has declared a military victory in
Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead
-- the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of which there have
been many, many more.
I will mourn the Iraqi children, not just those who are
dead, but those who have been be blinded, crippled, disfigured,
or traumatized, like the bombed children of Afghanistan who,
as reported by American visitors, lost their power of speech.
The American media has not given us a full picture of the human
suffering caused by our bombing; for that, we need to read the
foreign press." -- Howard Zinn
:: Howard Zinn
- The Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia
is an exquisite result of the internet. This is a brief Wikipedia
page, getting to the essentials of Howard Zinn, but without any
e is perhaps best known for A People's History of the United
States, which presents American history through the eyes
of those outside of the political and economic establishment:
Americans, slaves, women, blacks, Populists,
etc. His autobiography is You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving
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Howard Zinn's ZNet HomePage
- ZNet and Z Magazine are excellent online resources for alternative
news and thought. This page links to numerous articles and commentaries
by Professor Zinn.
- "Howard Zinn is a historian and a playwright. He taught
at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, then at Boston University.
He was active in the civil rights movement, and in the movement
against the Vietnam war. He has written many books, his best known
being A People's History of the United States. His most recent
books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (a memori),
The Zinn Reader, The Future of History (interviews with David
Barsamian) and Marx in Soho (a play)." -- ZNet
articles for The Progressive
- Zinn is a columnist for this venerable publication.
- On January 9, 1909, Wisconsin Senator Robert La Follette
founded La Follette’s Weekly to be "a magazine of progress,
social, intellectual, institutional."
In 1929, La Follette’s Weekly changed its name to
The Progressive, and the views of the magazine have remained
remarkably consistent over the years.
For nine decades, The Progressive has been a courageous
voice for democracy, peace, social justice, civil rights, civil
liberties, and environmental awareness." -- Noam Chomsky
from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States
- Chapter 16 from Zinn's most well-known work of History.
- "The victors [of World War II] were the Soviet Union
and the United States (also England, France and Nationalist China,
but they were weak). Both these countries now went to work--without
swastikas, goose-stepping, or officially declared racism, but
under the cover of "socialism" on one side, and "democracy"
on the other, to carve out their own empires of influence. They
proceeded to share and contest with one another the domination
of the world, to build military machines far greater than the
Fascist countries had built, to control the destinies of more
countries than Hitler, Mussolini, and Japan had been able to do.
They also acted to control their own populations, each country
with its own techniques-crude in the Soviet Union, sophisticated
in the United States--to make their rule secure." -- Howard
by Howard Zinn
- On the eve of war, Zinn foresees the wavering and weak support
for war floundering in the wake of 'collateral damage'.
- And though the media will be blocked from access to the dead
and wounded of Iraq, though the human tragedy unfolding in Iraq
will be told in numbers, in abstractions, and not in the stories
of real human beings, real children, real mothers and fathers -
the movement will find a way to tell that story. And when it does,
the American people, who can be cold to death on "the other
side", but who also wake up when "the other side"
is suddenly seen as a man, a woman, a child - just like us - will
respond. -- Howard Zinn
Jones articles by or about Zinn
- Mother Jones: a legacy of raising hell, a commitment to JOURNALISM.
- "Where people are suffering, there is a moral imperative
to act. But how one acts is crucial, because there are interventions
that make things worse." -- Howard Zinn
- Marx in Soho
- This site features some exposition of the this stage play by Howard
Zinn. Apparently maintained by (or for) an American actor, Brian
Jones, who has been touring this one-man show across the US since
1999. The reviews
look good! The site also includes a schedule of performances, a
brief Zinn bio, some links, and information on having the play performed
in a theatre near you.
- " Marx is back! The premise of this witty and insightful
"play on history" is that Karl Marx has agitated with
the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name.
Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New
York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his
Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx's life, his analysis
of society, and his passion for radical change. Zinn also shows
how relevant Marx's ideas are for today's world." -- Play
- A very fine site, with well integrated content and functionality.
A large archive of excerpts from Zinn's texts; message forum, bibliography,
biography, lots of interactivity. A nice little Zinn community.
- "War is the health of the state," the radical writer
Randolph Bourne said, in the midst of the First World War. Indeed,
as the nations of Europe went to war in 1914, the governments flourished,
patriotism bloomed, class struggle was stilled, and young men died
in frightful numbers on the battlefields-often for a hundred yards
of land, a line of trenches. -- Howard Zinn, from A People's
History: The Empire and the People
~ Federal Bureau of Intimidation
- An article by Zinn concerning the qualities of a democracy in
which organisations like the FBI and CIA operate as they do.
- " At that point, the FBI also inquired who the author
of that report was, and asked that an investigation begin on the
author. Since I had written it, I was interested in the FBI's interest
in the author. In fact, I sent away for whatever information the
FBI had on me, through the Freedom of Information Act. I became
curious, I guess. I wanted to test myself because if I found that
the FBI did not have any dossier on me, it would have been tremendously
embarrassing and I wouldn't have been able to face my friends."
-- Howard Zinn
World Traveler: Howard Zinn Page
- The Third World Traveler site is a great general resource for
progressive thinking. Abundant content is hosted on the site along
with an exemplary set of links to offsite resources. In addition,
the Howard Zinn page includes numerous quotes from Zinn's books,
articles, interviews and talks, including
There is a kind of belief that if you elected the government,
then everything is democratic and you can trust the government.
- ~ Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn's History Lessons
- Michael Kazin's critical review of Zinn's A
People's History of the United States in Dissent
magazine. An important criticism coming from the political left.
Zinn reduces the past to a Manichean fable and makes no
serious attempt to address the biggest question a leftist can
ask about U.S. history: why have most Americans accepted the legitimacy
of the capitalist republic in which they live?
- ~ Michael Kazin