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Howard Zinn Topics

Howard Zinn, one of the country’s most celebrated historians, died of a heart attack January 27, 2010, in Santa Monica, California. He was 87 years old. His classic work, A People’s History of the United States, changed the way we look at history in America. First published a quarter of a century ago, the book has sold over a million copies and continues to sell more copies each successive year.

Over the years, Howard Zinn has been a frequent guest on Democracy Now! A collection of his appearances is listed below.

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  • The leader of the movement to look at history from the perspective of people of color and the powerless in our society is Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to the Present. In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, we now bring you an excerpt of a speech by Howard Zinn. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 14, 1996 | Story
  • Howard Zinn is arguably one of the most important historians in the United States today. But that’s not because he’s followed the traditional route to influence and political power of historians before him. Instead, Howard Zinn has established himself as a "historian from below" — one who writes and chronicles the past from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically. The results...
    Jun 10, 1997 | Story
  • Perhaps no other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. His book, A People’s History of the United States, has gone into more than 25 printings and sold over 400,000 copies. It is rare that a historian of popular movements has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his writing and teaching style from being anything but direct, forthright and accessible....
    Oct 13, 1997 | Story
  • No other historian has attacked the distortions and myths about the history of the United States as forcefully as Howard Zinn. His book, A People’s History of the United States, tells history not from the perspective of the victors, but rather through the voices of the victims. A People’s History has become standard text in the struggle for justice in this country. Zinn has said that because history is not neutral, neither should...
    May 13, 1998 | Story
  • Last week’s announcement of the proposed merger of two oil giants, Exxon and Mobil, would create not only the largest oil company in the world, but also the world’s single largest corporation. This merger would also reunite two of the seven companies that made up the Standard Oil monopoly of John D. Rockefeller, a monopoly that was broken up in 1911 in what was perhaps the most famous antitrust action in U.S. history. Activists and...
    Dec 07, 1998 | Story
  • What are the political implications of cyberspace? What role is the United States playing in Russia’s current crises? After its rise and fall, is the labor movement on the rise once again? What are the origins of corporate power? Who will control the past—and the future? As the new millennium approaches and we see TV special after TV special looking back on the past few centuries, we turn to the words of radical historian Howard Zinn. In...
    May 18, 1999 | Story
  • Today we are taking a look at the people, events and social movements of the century. We are joined by two activist scholars who will shed some light on this subject, Manning Marable and Howard Zinn. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 27, 1999 | Story
  • It’s been 132 years since the Florida Legislature got this involved in presidential politics, but some things never change. The GOP majority wanted to send a Republican to the White House then, and it does now. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 08, 2000 | Story
  • In the midst of the rising tide of congressional and Bush administration calls for a harsh military response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, there is a remarkable, hawkish unity in the views being expressed in the mainstream media. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 13, 2001 | Story
  • U.S. jets pounded Taliban positions this morning near front lines outside the Afghan capital and a key northern city. The attack came as Sec. of State Gen. Colin Powell, said he wanted to see the Afghan capital captured within the next few weeks before the onset of winter.
    Oct 22, 2001 | Story