Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Howard Zinn was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, into a working-class family and, though he had few formal educational opportunities, he developed a strong social consciousness while working as a shipfitter and avidly reading the novels of Charles Dickens. Flying bombing missions in World War II shaped his opposition to war. After military service he earned a doctorate in history at Columbia University and taught at Spelman College in Georgia where he was active in the Civil Rights movement. In 1963 he moved to Boston University and became a prominent, outspoken critic of the Vietnam War.

Best known for his A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (1980, revised 1995), a history of America through the perspective of “those outside of the political and economic establishment,” Zinn remained an active advocate for the underclass, a proponent of world peace and an articulate critic of corporate power and greed supported by governmental collusion.

Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States: 1492 — Present. New Edition. HarperCollins Perennial Classics, 2003.


What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me About the American Empire by Howard Zinn, ScheerPost, 16 August 2021

May Day 1971: Daniel Ellsberg on Joining Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn at Historic Antiwar Direct Action, Democracy Now! 3 May 2021 (video and transcript)

My Lunches With Howard — The Wit And Wisdom Of Howard Zinn by Ed Siegel, The ARTery, 15 March 2021

Trump Calls Howard Zinn’s Work “Propaganda.” Hear the Legendary Historian in His Own Words, Democracy Now! 18 September 2020 (video and transcript)

Remembering My Hero, Howard Zinn by Daniel Ellsberg, Truthdig, 27 January 2020

10 Years After His Passing, Howard Zinn Remains a Threat to the Status Quo by Anthony Arnove, Truthout, 27 January 2020

Ten Years After Howard Zinn's Death — Lessons from the People's Historian by Bill Bigelow, Common Dreams, 26 January 2020

Howard Zinn on How Karl Marx Predicted Our World Today, In These Times, 4 May 2019

Howard Zinn’s Life on the Frontlines An interview with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Jacobin, 19 November 2018

Historian Howard Zinn Warned Us About the Supreme Court by Jacob Sugarman, Truthdig, 8 October 2018

History Distorted: Sam Wineburg’s Critique of Howard Zinn by David J. Detmer, CounterPunch, 26 September 2018

The Battle Over History and Howard Zinn by Kim Scipes, CounterPunch, 22 August 2018

Best of TomDispatch: Graduation Day With Howard Zinn,, 21 May 2017

Banning Howard Zinn's Books Is Hardly a Way to "Start a Conversation" by Jas Chana, Truthout, 26 March 2017

Hundreds of Arkansas Teachers Request Howard Zinn's A People's History by Zinn Education Project, Common Dreams, 13 March 2017

Arkansas Republican pushes bill to ban Howard Zinn books from public schools by David Ferguson, Raw Story, 2 March 2017

Howard Zinn and the Joy of a Political Life by Frances Fox Piven, The Nation, 15 December 2014

Matt Damon Amazes Audience with Howard Zinn Speech, ZVideo, 13 February 2014

'Howard Zinn Read-In' Celebrates Power of 'Dangerous' Education by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 5 November 2013

Indiana's Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt by Bill Bigelow, Zinn Education Project, 18 July 2013

"Howard Zinn's Zen Politics" by Jonah Raskin, MR Zine, 16 August 2012

Anthony Arnove and Noam Chomsky honor Howard Zinn, Israeli Occupation Archive, 27 January 2012

Howard Zinn Taught Us That It's OK If We Face Mission Impossible by Bill Moyers, AlterNet, 2 November 2010

Howard Zinn's last testament to the immorality of war by Ben Dandelion, The Guardian/Comment is free, 23 September 2010

Why the Feds Fear Thinkers Like Howard Zinn by Chris Hedges, truthdig, 1 August 2010

FBI Admits Investigating Howard Zinn for Criticizing Bureau by Daniel Tercer, AlterNet, 30 July 2010

Howard Zinn's Final Act of Protest by Micah Uetricht, In These Times, 30 July 2010

Howard Zinn's "The Bomb" by David Swanson, ZNet, 21 July 2010

Losing Our Favorite Teacher by Bill Bigelow, ZNet, 21 April 2010

'One Long Struggle for Justice' An interview with historian Howard Zinn by Bill Bigelow, ZNet, 19 April 2010

Sharing in a common struggle by Anthony Arnove, ZNet, 14 February 2010

Shunning Howard Zinn's History by William Blum,, 7 February 2010

Remembering Mahatma Zinn by Harvey Wasserman,, 5 February 2010

Howard Zinn: The People's Historian by Amy Goodman, truthdig, 2 February 2010

Anarchism & Marxism, ZNet, 2 February 2010

Saying goodbye to my friend Howard Zinn by Alice Walker, ZNet, 2 February 2010

Letter: Howard Zinn obituary by Paul Buhle, The Guardian, 31 January 2010

Howard Zinn obituary by Godfrey Hodgson, The Guardian, 29 January 2010

A Memory of Howard by Daniel Ellsberg,, 28 January 2010

Howard Zinn (1922-2010): A Tribute to the Legendary Historian with Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove, Democracy Now! 28 January 2010

Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87 by Mark Feeney and Bryan Marquard, The Boston Globe, 27 January 2010

Obama at One: Little Surprising in Absence of Progressive Social Movement, The Nation, 21 January 2010

“Holy Wars”, Democracy Now! 8 January 2010

On Right-Wing Demagogues and Progressive Resistance by Bill Moyers and Howard Zinn, AlterNet, 15 December 2009

Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport by Howard Zinn, Information Clearing House, 13 December 2009

US Responsible For 9/11, Information Clearing House, 9 December 2009

War and peace prizes, The Guardian/Comment is free, 10 October 2009

Vietnam War Architect Robert McNamara Dies at 93: A Look at His Legacy with Howard Zinn, Marilyn Young & Jonathan Schell, Democracy Now! 7 July 2009

Untold Truths About the American Revolution, The Progressive, 3 July 2009

Howard Zinn: “I Wish Obama Would Listen to MLK”, Democracy Now! 13 May 2009

Changing Obama's Mindset, The Progressive, May 2009

Howard Zinn: Obama "Is Going to Need Demonstrations and Protest and Letters and Petitions" to Do the Right Things by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, 12 March 2009

Obama's Historic Victory, Common Dreams News Center, 8 November 2008

Howard Zinn Defends Studs Terkel from Red-Baiting in the Times, The Progressive, 6 November 2008

Spend the Bailout Money on the Middle Class, The Nation, 8 October 2008

From empire to democracy, The Guardian/Comment is free, 2 October 2008

US 'In Need of Rebellion' Al Jazeera interview, 9 September 2008

Anarchism Interview by Ziga Vodovnik, ZNet, 13 May 2008

Zinn Speaks by Wajahat Ali, CounterPunch, 19/20 April 2008

Empire or Humanity?, 2 April 2008

Beyond the New Deal, The Nation, 20 March 2008


Bomb After Bomb

CounterPunch, 15/16 December 2007

Responce to Zinn on Samantha Power by Edward Herman

ZNet, 27 August 2007

On Terror: Letter

New York Times, 19 August 2007

Put away the flags

The Progressive, 1 July 2007

Zinn calls for activism by Lea Yu

Yale Daily News, 3 May 2007

Patriot's Day: Stop the Violence by Amy Goodman

truthdig, 17 April 2007

Noam Chomsky Accuses Alan Dershowitz of Launching a "Jihad" to Block Norman Finkelstein From Getting Tenure at Depaul University

Democracy Now! 17 April 2007

In Rare Joint Interview, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn on Iraq, Vietnam, Activism and History

Democracy Now! 16 April 2007

Sacco and Vanzetti

ZNet, 14 April 2007

Antiwar talk at the Boston Commons

ZNet, 27 March 2007 (This article is a premium sent to Sustainer Donors of Z/ZNet. To learn more, consult ZNet Sustainer Program)

Are We Politicians or Citizens?

The Progressive, 24 March 2004 (May 2007)

Impeachment by the People

The Progressive, February 2007

Of the People: A Conversation with Howard Zinn by Gabriel Matthew Schivone

MR Zine, 17 January 2007

Federal Bureau of Intimidation

Information Clearing House, 30 December 2006

If History is to be Creative

ZNet, 9 December 2006

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress Howard Zinn interviewed

ZNet, 7 December 2006

A Veteran Remembers

Information Clearing House, 12 November 2006

The People's Ambassador by Nancy Snow

Common Dreams News Center, 10 November 2006

Why War Fails

The Progressive, 23 October 2006

The Uses of History and the War on Terrorism

The Progressive, 5 October 2006

Dennis Prager Interview with Professor Howard Zinn

The Dennis Prager Show, 30 August 2006

War is Not a Solution for Terrorism

The Boston Globe, 2 September 2006

War crimes and Lebanon

The Guardian, 3 July 2006

Put away the flags

The Progressive, 2 July 2006

An Interview with Howard Zinn by Shelly R. Fredman

Tikkun, 22 May 2006

Lessons of Iraq War Start With US History

The Progressive, 14 March 2006

After the War

The Progressive, January 2006

It's Not up to the Court

The Progressive, November 2005

The Outer Limits of Empire, 8 September 2005

A Surgeon’s Touch

The Progressive, September 2005 issue

It is not only Iraq that is occupied. America is too

The Guardian, 12 August 2005

The Power and the Glory: Myths of American exceptionalism

Boston Review, Summer 2005

Against Discouragement

TomDispatch, 24 May 2005

The Scourge of Nationalism

The Progressive, June 2005 issue

Changing Minds, One at a Time

The Progressive, March 2005

Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home

Miami Herald, 22 January 2005

Harness That Anger

The Progressive, 3 December 2004 (January 2005 issue)

Our War on Terrorism

The Progressive, November 2004

The Optimism of Uncertainty

ZNet, 30 September 2004 (This article is a premium sent to Sustainer Donors of Z/ZNet. To learn more, consult ZNet at

Dissent at the War Memorial

The Progressive, 16 July 2004

What Do We Do Now?

The Progressive, 27 April 2004

Check the Facts Before Rushing to War

Newsday, 14 April 2004

The US Must be Isolated and Constrained

CounterPunch, 12/14 March 2004

The Ultimate Betrayal

The Progressive, 20 February 2004

Of Paradise And Power

ZNet, 9 February 2004

An Occupied Country

The Progressive, October 2003

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