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    HOWARD ZINN 1922–2010

    Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922-January 27, 2010) was a historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist.

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Insisting on the Rights of Everyone (excerpt) | HowardZinn.orgBy Howard Zinn
I was one of the speakers at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston in 1991, when the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts organized a celebration of the Bicentennial of the Bill of Rights. I wanted to use the opportunity to make clear that whatever freedoms we have in the United States—of speech, of the press, of assembly, and more—do not come simply from the existence on paper of the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, but from the struggles of citizens to bring those Amendments alive in reality. Continue reading.

Failure to Quit | HowardZinn.org

By Howard Zinn
I can understand pessimism, but I don’t believe in it. It’s not simply a matter of faith, but of historical evidence. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give hope, because for hope we don’t need certainty, only possibility. Which (despite all those confident statements that “history shows …” and “history proves …”) is all history can offer us. Read more.

From the Archives | Howard Zinn Website

From the Archives

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