American History Review of the 20th Century: Manning Marable and Howard Zinn

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.

HOWARD ZINN: But what the history of this country shows, and especially in this century, is that democracy comes alive when people who see that the formal structure of government doesn’t help them. The formal structure of government does not change the 12-hour day, doesn’t change the conditions of work, doesn’t change the power of the corporations over working people. When people see that that formal structure doesn’t work, then they organize. They go out on strike. They demonstrate.

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Democracy Now! • December 27, 1999

 

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