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    HOWARD ZINN 1922–2010

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

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Zinn at Spelman College, 1960Value of Skepticism and Breaking Down Barriers with Students

As the school year gets underway, we share this excerpt from Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics on democratic education, the value of skepticism, and building trust with students. In this interview, Howard Zinn explains that he built trust with his students “by showing them that outside the classroom I was not retreating into my home and my study. I was involved in the social struggle that related to their lives. When they decided to participate in this struggle, that I was with them, I was walking on picket lines with them, I was engaging in demonstrations with them, I was sitting in with them. And that, more than anything, created an atmosphere of trust, of democracy in our relationship.” Following are related classroom resources.

A Veteran Against War

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the following excerpt, Howard Zinn, a WWII bombardier, recalls, “Hiroshima and Royan were crucial in my gradual rethinking of what I had once accepted without question—the absolute morality of the war against fascism.” He continues, “I had become aware, both from the rethinking of my war experiences and my reading of history, of how the environment of war begins to make one side indistinguishable from the other.” Related resources on Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and WWII follow. Continue reading.

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Second Annual Howard Zinn Bookfair 2015

The second annual Howard Zinn Book Fair (HZBF) will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus. Visit www.howardzinnbookfair.com updates, schedule, and more information.

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Audio and Video

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Related Projects

Learn more about the performance, film, and education projects Howard Zinn played a role in.

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