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Howard Zinn

He gave us back our history.

There is a tendency among culture jammers to harbor a pessimistic worldview – to assume that we've always been on the losing side of history and that, despite our best efforts, nothing will change. Against this narrative of predestined defeat and perpetual victimhood stood Howard Zinn, whose sustained commitment to pointing out that we, the people, have often risen up victoriously against the moneyed corporate elite made him a hero.

Zinn's greatest achievement is the monumental A People's History of the United States, an alternative history book originally published in 1980 and revised several times since, which documents the suppressed stories of triumphant abolitionists, socialists and rabble rousers. For many of us, reading Zinn for the first time was a revelation: an emboldening experience of finding continuity between our acts of resistance today and the long and glorious history of passionate dissent we had known nothing about.

Howard Zinn, August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010, will be remembered because he gave us back our history and made it clear that in these dark times of corporate domination, the rumblings we hear from below are the aftershocks of past uprisings and the first signs that things are about to change, again.


Video: Remembering Howard Zinn (via Big Think)

Part 1 of 3: The Legacy of Howard Zinn

Part 2 of 3: Howard Zinn's Personal Philosophy

Part 3 of 3: Howard Zinn on the World Today

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Dks

A People’s History of the United States was one of my first books that I read in high school. It was given to me by my father he told me it will give me a realistic perspective in life.

I wasn't prepared for the awakening I was in for as a young man, Thank You Howard Zinn for that life changing experience..

Howard Zinn a Real American Hero, you will be missed...

RIP
Howard Zinn

Dks

A People’s History of the United States was one of my first books that I read in high school. It was given to me by my father he told me it will give me a realistic perspective in life.

I wasn't prepared for the awakening I was in for as a young man, Thank You Howard Zinn for that life changing experience..

Howard Zinn a Real American Hero, you will be missed...

RIP
Howard Zinn

Larson

As it reads from his autobiographic work, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train:

"The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in definance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

Howard Zinn certainly represented such an approach to life. His spirit lives on in so many whom he has helped to inspire.

Larson

As it reads from his autobiographic work, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train:

"The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in definance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

Howard Zinn certainly represented such an approach to life. His spirit lives on in so many whom he has helped to inspire.

JKHall

In addition to 'A People's History', 'Voices of a People's History' that Prof. Zinn published in 2004 is powerful and moving work.
For those who are followers of Howard Zinn, you should know that NPR did a monumental disservice to his memory in an obituary on January 28, 2010 done by Allison Keyes. In this NPR 'Rememrance,' Keyes had the poor (and perhaps calculated) judgement to include a statement by David Horowitz trashing Zinn and his work. It is worth your attention...and a comment to NPR.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123081519

JKHall

In addition to 'A People's History', 'Voices of a People's History' that Prof. Zinn published in 2004 is powerful and moving work.
For those who are followers of Howard Zinn, you should know that NPR did a monumental disservice to his memory in an obituary on January 28, 2010 done by Allison Keyes. In this NPR 'Rememrance,' Keyes had the poor (and perhaps calculated) judgement to include a statement by David Horowitz trashing Zinn and his work. It is worth your attention...and a comment to NPR.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123081519

John Murray

The first I heard of Howard Zinn was when I (fortuitously) uncovered an MP3 recording of an 'Artist in a time of war' about one month ago. In it he explains what the role of an artist can be during wartime and peacetime (not that that occurs much in the U.S!) His warmth and good humour is plain to see and his argument is both convincing and inspirational. Its sad to see him go but I know that others, including myself, will try to follow his example.

John Murray

The first I heard of Howard Zinn was when I (fortuitously) uncovered an MP3 recording of an 'Artist in a time of war' about one month ago. In it he explains what the role of an artist can be during wartime and peacetime (not that that occurs much in the U.S!) His warmth and good humour is plain to see and his argument is both convincing and inspirational. Its sad to see him go but I know that others, including myself, will try to follow his example.

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