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Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, was perhaps this country's premier radical historian. He was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His parents, poor immigrants, were constantly moving to stay, as he once told me, "one step ahead of the landlord." After high school, he went to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He taught at Spelman, the all black women's college in Atlanta. He was an active figure in the civil rights movement and served on the board of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was fired by Spelman for his activism. He was among the first to oppose U.S. aggression in Indochina. His book Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal was an instant classic. A principled opponent of imperialism and militarism, he was an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience. He spoke and marched against the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. His masterwork, A People's History of the United States, continues to sell in huge numbers. Among his many books are A Power Governments Cannot Suppress and Original Zinn with David Barsamian. Just before his death he completed his last great project, the documentary The People Speak. Always ready to lend a hand, he believed in and practiced solidarity. Witty, erudite, generous and loved, Howard Zinn, friend and teacher, passed away on January 27, 2010. His words inspire many the world over, "We don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. To live now, as human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

Programs Featuring Howard Zinn

Date Recorded     Handle Program Title Audio Sample?    
03-17-2006 #ZINH044 Against War   )
1991: 10/09 #ZINH008 1492-1992: The Legacy of Columbus  
2009: 11/11 #ZINH041 Three Holy Wars  
1995: 11/20 #ZINH013 A People's History of the United States  
2002: 01/29 #ZINH026 Emma Goldman, Anarchism & War Resistance  
2005: 02/07 #ZINH035 A World Without Borders   )
2004: 07/21 #ZINH033 Critical Thinking   )
- #ZINH044-ZINH041-ZINH038 Zinn 3-Pack  
1989: 10/25 #ZINH006 Second Thoughts on the First Amendment  
1991: 03/21 #ZINH007 Just & Unjust Wars  
2004: 02/06 #ZINH031 History Matters   )
2004: 12/03 #ZINH034 Air-Brushing History   )
2009: 11/10 #ZINH042 Speaking to 8th Grade Students  
2009: 02/09 #ZINH038 Against Discouragement  
2003: 06/28 #ZINH030 Confronting Government Lies  
- #ZINH001-BARD001 Original Zinn: The Tapes  
2004: 02/06 #ZINH032 Resistance & the Role of Artists   )
2001: 10/10 #ZINH025 Artists in a Time of War  
2008: 10/09 #ZINH037 War & Civil Disobedience  
2006: 11/30 #ZINH036 Overcoming Obstacles  
2001: 04/04 #ZINH040 I Was a Pushcart Peddler, Ph.D.  
- #ZINH026-ZINH038 Emma Goldman, Anarchism & War Resistance + Against Discouragement  
2009: 02/06 #ZINH039 I Am a Trade Unionist  
2004: 10/22 #ZINH-ARNA-ETAL002 Voices of a People's History  
1997: 02/03 #ZINH015 You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train  
1971: 01/11 #ZINH-BUCW001 Reform or Revolution  
1997: 10/09 #ZINH018 The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti  
1996: 12/16 #ZINH014 How Social Change Happens  
1993: 02/24 #ZINH010 Emma Goldman: A Dangerous Woman  
1998: 02/14 #ZINH-TERS001 An Evening with Zinn & Terkel  
2009: 05/02 #ZINH-ZIRD001 Talking It Up  
1997: 02/20 #CHON-ZINH001 The Cold War & the University  
2002: 09/18 #ZINH028 The Back Seat Interviews  
2006: 03/25 #ARNA-GOOA-ZINH001 Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal   )
2002: 08/08 #ZINH027 Can the System be Fixed?  
2000: 11/27 #CULT051 Marx in Soho  
1993: 11/13 #ZINH011 The Use & Abuse of History  
1963: 04/12 #ZINH043 The South and National Politics  
1999: 04/17 #ZINH023 Stories Hollywood Never Tells  
1998: 06/30 #ZINH019 U.S. Imperialism & the War with Spain  
1998: 07/27 #ZINH020 The Future of History  
1996: 03/11 #ZINH-ETAL002 Stop the Death Penalty!  
2000: 04/10 #ZINH-ARNA-ETAL001 Iraq Under Siege  
1997: 10/08 #ZINH017 The Zinn Reader  
1992: 11/11 #ZINH009 One Step Ahead of the Landlord  
1988: 12/01 #ZINH003 Democracy, Dissent and Disobedience  
1990: 04/12 #ZINH-HAAR001 Debate on the CIA  
2003: 03/25 #ZINH029 War on Iraq: A Dissenting View  
1997: 10/04 #ZINH016 LaGuardia, Upton Sinclair, Death Penalty  
1989: 10/25 #ZINH-KNOE001 Interviews  
2002: 09/18 #ROYA-ZINH001 In Conversation  
2004: 02/05 #ZINH-JAJE001 Debate on Just War  
1988: 11/12 #ZINH-ETAL001 The Social, Economic and Political Costs of Anti-Communism  
- #ZINH045 Harvard Trade Union  
1999: 11/11 #ZINH024 War and Democracy  
1989: 10/25 #ZINH012 Reflections  
1998: 10/05 #ZINH022 Economic Justice  
1998: 10/05 #ZINH021 Bringing Democracy Alive