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Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. He wrote the classic A People's History of the United States, "a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those ... whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories" (Library Journal). The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured on "The Sopranos" and "Simpsons," and in the film "Good Will Hunting." In 2009, Historyaired The People Speak, an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Zinn, based on A People's History and a companion volume, Voices of a People's History of the United States. Zinn grew up in Brooklyn in a working-class, immigrant household. At 18 he became a shipyard worker and then flew bomber missions during World War II. These experiences helped shape his opposition to war and passion for history. After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia, he taught at Spelman, where he became active in the civil rights movement. After being fired by Spelman for his support for student protesters, Zinn became a professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he taught until his retirement in 1988.

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  • Make 2017 a Year of Resistance!

    Haymarket author and people's historian Howard Zinn wrote: 

    “To survive, democracy needs a truly radical, truly independent press more than ever before. We need to create a culture in this country in which reading and resistance go hand-in-hand.”

    In that spirit, we offer a reading guide for those looking for the history, politics, and inspiration for the many struggles to come. Let's work to make 2017 a Year of Resistance!




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Books

  • SNCC

    Howard Zinn tells the story of one of the most important civil rights groups in American history.
  • Howard Zinn Speaks

    Howard Zinn weaves rich historical narratives that inspire and captivate.
  • Emma

    Howard Zinn dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the US.
  • Disobedience and Democracy

    Howard Zinn’s cogent defense of civil disobedience.
  • Failure to Quit

    A selection of Howard Zinn’s most popular and accessible essays on history and politics.
  • Marx in Soho

    Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx's life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change.
  • Postwar America

    Howard Zinn’s unique take on this vital period in U.S. history.
  • The Southern Mystique

    Howard Zinn examines the politics of the South and his own experiences there.
  • Vietnam

    Zinn’s compelling case against the Vietnam War
  • Marx in Soho (Audio CD)

    America's leading historian Howard Zinn brings Karl Marx back to life for a new generation.