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.”


Date Recorded Program Title Handle
2002: 09/18 Q&A in Albuquerque ZINH047
1989: 10/25 Second Thoughts on the First Amendment ZINH006
1988: 11/11 Choosing the News: Who Sets the Agenda ZINH-ETAL004
1995: 11/20 A People’s History of the United States ZINH013
1991: 10/18 Economic Bill of Rights ZINH005
1991: 06/20 Bill of Rights Bicentennial ZINH004
1988: 12/01 History & Politics ZINH002
2006: 03/17 Against War ZINH044
2000: 11/01 Marx in Soho ZINH046
2008: 02/08 Harvard Trade Union Program ZINH045
2002: 01/29 Emma Goldman, Anarchism & War Resistance ZINH026
2002: 09/18 The Back Seat Interviews ZINH028
1988: 11/12 The Social, Economic and Political Costs of Anti-Communism ZINH-ETAL001
2002: 09/18 In Conversation ROYA-ZINH001
1991: 03/21 Just & Unjust Wars ZINH007
1963: 04/12 The South and National Politics ZINH043
2009: 11/10 Speaking to 8th Grade Students ZINH042
2001: 04/04 I Was a Pushcart Peddler, Ph.D. ZINH040
2009: 02/06 I Am a Trade Unionist ZINH039
2003: 06/28 Confronting Government Lies ZINH030
2003: 03/25 War on Iraq: A Dissenting View ZINH029
2002: 08/08 Can the System be Fixed? ZINH027
1999: 11/11 War and Democracy ZINH024
1999: 04/17 Stories Hollywood Never Tells ZINH023
1998: 10/05 Economic Justice ZINH022
1998: 10/05 Bringing Democracy Alive ZINH021
1998: 07/27 The Future of History ZINH020
1998: 06/30 U.S. Imperialism & the War with Spain ZINH019
1997: 10/08 The Zinn Reader ZINH017
1997: 10/04 LaGuardia, Upton Sinclair, Death Penalty ZINH016
1997: 02/03 You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train ZINH015
1996: 12/16 How Social Change Happens ZINH014
1989: 10/25 Reflections ZINH012
1993: 11/13 The Use & Abuse of History ZINH011
1993: 02/24 Emma Goldman: A Dangerous Woman ZINH010
1992: 11/11 One Step Ahead of the Landlord ZINH009
1988: 12/01 Democracy, Dissent and Disobedience ZINH003
2009: 05/02 Talking It Up ZINH-ZIRD001
1998: 02/14 An Evening with Zinn & Terkel ZINH-TERS001
2004: 02/05 Debate on Just War ZINH-JAJE001
1990: 04/12 Debate on the CIA ZINH-HAAR001
2004: 10/22 Voices of a People’s History ZINH-ETAL003
1996: 03/11 Stop the Death Penalty! ZINH-ETAL002
1971: 01/11 Reform or Revolution ZINH-BUCW001
2000: 04/10 Iraq Under Siege ZINH-ARNA-ETAL001
2009: 11/11 Three Holy Wars ZINH041
2001: 10/10 Artists in a Time of War ZINH025
1991: 10/09 1492-1992: The Legacy of Columbus ZINH008
2009: 02/09 Against Discouragement ZINH038
2008: 10/09 War & Civil Disobedience ZINH037
1997: 10/09 The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti ZINH018
2006: 11/30 Overcoming Obstacles ZINH036
2006: 03/25 Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal ARNA-GOOA-ZINH001
2005: 02/07 A World Without Borders ZINH035
2004: 12/03 Air-Brushing History ZINH034
2004: 07/21 Critical Thinking ZINH033
2004: 02/06 Resistance & the Role of Artists ZINH032
2004: 02/06 History Matters ZINH031