Howard Zinn

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Howard Zinn "was raised in a working-class family in Brooklyn, and flew bombing missions for the United States in World War II, an experience he now points to in shaping his opposition to war. In 1956, he became a professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, a school for black women, where he soon became involved in the Civil rights movement, which he participated in as an adviser to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and chronicled, in his book SNCC: The New Abolitionists. Zinn collaborated with historian Staughton Lynd and mentored a young student named Alice Walker. When he was fired in 1963 for insubordination related to his protest work, he moved to Boston University, where he became a leading critic of the Vietnam War.

"He is perhaps best known for A People's History of the United States, which presents American history through the eyes of those he feels are outside of the political and economic establishment." [1]


Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People's History

Headed by Bill Bigelow "The Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People's History is a collaboration between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, supported by an anonymous donor (a former student of historian Howard Zinn's) and the Caipirinha Foundation. The new site features over 75 free, downloadable teaching activities for middle- and high-school students to bring a people's history to the classroom. These are the best U.S. history-teaching articles from the Rethinking Schools archives." [5]


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  1. Biography, Howard Zinn, accessed August 20, 2008.
  2. Directors, War and Peace Foundation, accessed January 8, 2009.
  3. Directors, Truthout, accessed July 15, 2010.
  4. About, New Politics, accessed July 24, 2009.
  5. The Zinn Education Project, MRZine, accessed December 21, 2009.