The respect I have for the author and historian, Howard Zinn, might be hard for you guys to swallow. Reading Howard Zinn's most famous book The People's history of the United States changed my way of thinking about history and fueled a burning desire to learn history throughout my teenage years and is what made me chose a minor in history at Boston University. To me Howard Zinn deserves this much attention as an historian because of his time served in World War II. There are not many academics and historians who can bring so much to life from personal experience.
Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American academic historian, author, playwright, and social activist. Before and during his tenure as a political science professor at Boston University from 1964-88 he wrote more than 20 books, which included his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States. He wrote extensively about the civil rights and anti-war movements, as well as of the labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn's life and work.
Here with this long interview with Howard Zinn be prepared to be taken aback and inspired by his words about topics that effect everyone... In depth with Howard Zinn: Professor Zinn talked about his writings and career, and he responded to calls from viewers during the course of the program. He was a former history professor at Spelman College and a former political science professor at Boston University. Some of his more than twenty books include The Politics of History, published by Beacon; Postwar America, 1945-1971, published by Bobbs-Merrill; A People's History of the United States, published by Harper and Row; You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times, published by Beacon Press; Marx in Soho: A Play on History, published by South End Press; and Terrorism and War, published by Seven Stories Press.
Recommended Books A People's History of the United States
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of -- and in the words of -- America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times
Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, tells his personal stories about more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war.
A former bombardier in WWII, Zinn emerged in the civil rights movement as a powerful voice for justice. Although he's a fierce critic, he gives us reason to hope that by learning from history and engaging politically, we can make a difference in the world The Zinn Reader
No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. It is rare that a historian of the Left has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his beautiful writing style from being anything but direct, forthright, and accessible. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic justice, or history itself, each of his works serves as a reminder that to embrace one's subjectivity can mean embracing one's humanity, that heart and mind can speak with one voice. Here, in six sections, is the historian's own choice of his shorter essays on some of the most critical problems facing America throughout its history, and today.
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