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Howard Zinn

One of America's most respected political activists and thinkers, Howard Zinn was born on December 7, 1922, in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Zinn's political consciousness was awakened when he served as a fighter pilot during World War II; after the war, Zinn attended college u ...

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One of America's most respected political activists and thinkers, Howard Zinn was born on December 7, 1922, in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Zinn's political consciousness was awakened when he served as a fighter pilot during World War II; after the war, Zinn attended college under the G.I Bill and received a master's degree in history from Columbia University. Zinn took a position as a professor at Spelman College, a school for African-American women in Georgia, in 1956. Zinn became an active participant in the burgeoning civil rights movement that was emerging in Atlanta, and became an advisor to the influential activist group the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

In 1963, Zinn's activism on behalf of civil rights and against the Vietnam War resulted in his being fired from Spelman; Boston University added Zinn to their faculty, where he would remain until he retired from education. Zinn would later became a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. A prolific author, in 1980 Zinn published A People's History of the United States, a look at American history from the point of view of the disenfranchised, which would go on to sell over a million copies; he's also been a frequent contributor to a number of magazines, and has written a number of plays on radical political figures in history. Zinn is also a frequent speaker at colleges and on radio, and several recordings of his talks have been released through the leftist publishing house AK Press. ~ Mark Deming

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Howard Zinn - Spreading the Spirit of Civil Disobedience

Spreading the Spirit of Civil Disobedience

  The Spirit of Civil Disobedience: Howard Zinn’s Historic Anti-Vietnam War Speech Of 1971

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Howard Zinn - The Vietnam War: A Defeat Well-Deserved

The Vietnam War: A Defeat Well-Deserved

  The Spirit of Civil Disobedience: Howard Zinn’s Historic Anti-Vietnam War Speech Of 1971

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Howard Zinn - A Message to the Police and the F.B.I.

A Message to the Police and the F.B.I.

  The Spirit of Civil Disobedience: Howard Zinn’s Historic Anti-Vietnam War Speech Of 1971

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Howard Zinn - Disturbing the War

Disturbing the War

  The Spirit of Civil Disobedience: Howard Zinn’s Historic Anti-Vietnam War Speech Of 1971

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Howard Zinn - The Time for Impeachment is Now

The Time for Impeachment is Now

  The Spirit of Civil Disobedience: Howard Zinn’s Historic Anti-Vietnam War Speech Of 1971

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Howard Zinn - The Need to Upset Congress

The Need to Upset Congress

  The Spirit of Civil Disobedience: Howard Zinn’s Historic Anti-Vietnam War Speech Of 1971

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Howard Zinn - The Purpose of Civil Disobedience

The Purpose of Civil Disobedience

  The Spirit of Civil Disobedience: Howard Zinn’s Historic Anti-Vietnam War Speech Of 1971

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Howard Zinn - Who is the US Government Serving?

Who is the US Government Serving?

  Speaking to 8th Grade Students

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Howard Zinn - Voting Rights Are Always in Danger

Voting Rights Are Always in Danger

  I Was a Pushcart Peddler, Ph.D.

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Howard Zinn - Awakening to Class Consciousness

Awakening to Class Consciousness

  I Was a Pushcart Peddler, Ph.D.

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Howard Zinn - There is No Free Marketplace of Ideas

There is No Free Marketplace of Ideas

  I Was a Pushcart Peddler, Ph.D.

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Howard Zinn - Revitalizing the Labour Movement

Revitalizing the Labour Movement

  I Am a Trade Unionist

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Howard Zinn - Growing Up Class Conscious

Growing Up Class Conscious

  I Am a Trade Unionist

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Howard Zinn - Zinn’s Commencement Address at Spelman College (pt. 1)

Zinn’s Commencement Address at Spelman College (pt. 1)

  Against Discouragement

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Howard Zinn - How Patriotism is Being Used Today

How Patriotism is Being Used Today

  A World Without Borders

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Howard Zinn - Private Wealth and Public Squalor

Private Wealth and Public Squalor

  A World Without Borders

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Howard Zinn - What it Means to be Well-Educated

What it Means to be Well-Educated

  A World Without Borders

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Howard Zinn - A Poem by Daniel Berrigan

A Poem by Daniel Berrigan

  Artists in a Time of War

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Howard Zinn - Understanding Terrorism

Understanding Terrorism

  Artists in a Time of War

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Howard Zinn - Truth in Fiction: Joseph Heller’s Catch 22

Truth in Fiction: Joseph Heller’s Catch 22

  Artists in a Time of War

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Howard Zinn - Mark Twain and the True Meaning of Patriotism

Mark Twain and the True Meaning of Patriotism

  Artists in a Time of War

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Howard Zinn - There Are No Moral Experts

There Are No Moral Experts

  Artists in a Time of War

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Howard Zinn - Q&a: Where do you turn to for current-day news?

Q&a: Where do you turn to for current-day news?

  History Matters

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Howard Zinn - The Importance of Shays' Rebellion

The Importance of Shays' Rebellion

  History Matters

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Howard Zinn - The Deification of the U.S. Constitution

The Deification of the U.S. Constitution

  History Matters

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