From the Archives

Freedom Day, Selma, 1963 | HowardZinn.org

Howard Zinn’s Experiences in the South and How Racial Prejudice Can Change

Patricia Marx Interviews Howard Zinn | WNYC Radio Recorded in the 1960s (estimate 1964-1965 based on transcript), Patricia Marx sits down with historian Howard Zinn to discuss his books, SNCC: The New Abolitionists and The Southern Mystique. Zinn describes… Read More

Sam Lovejoy, Anti-Nukes Activist, Requests Howard Zinn to Testify | HowardZinn.org

Sam Lovejoy, Anti-Nukes Activist, Requests Howard Zinn to Testify | 1974

In 1974, anti-nukes activist Sam Lovejoy wrote to Howard Zinn, asking Zinn to testify at his upcoming September 17 trial as an expert on civil disobedience. Earlier that year in February, Lovejoy toppled a weather tower that was… Read More

FBI Report on Howard Zinn, 1953 | HowardZinn.org

First FBI Interview with Howard Zinn | Nov. 25, 1953

In July 2010, the FBI declassified their 243-page file on Howard Zinn, dating back to 1949 (read summaries of files). The first recorded contact with Zinn is this report filed four years later on November 25, 1953. Two FBI… Read More

Memo to Bob Moses, 1964

Memo to Bob Moses | 1964

This 1964 memo from Howard Zinn to Bob Moses (a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) outlined a plan to minimize violence in Mississippi for the upcoming Freedom Summer, when hundreds of volunteers would be arriving to help… Read More

Letter to Zinn from Pete Seeger | Howard Zinn Website

Letter from Pete Seeger | Feb. 6, 2006

We share this letter from the Howard Zinn Papers, housed at New York University’s Tamiment Library. Pete Seeger wrote to Zinn in 2006, asking for a book recommendation on Rutherford B. Hayes. The letter reads: Dear Howard—I’m sure… Read More

Letter to Grace Hoag (1968)

Letter to Grace Hoag | June 3, 1968

In this letter dated June 3, 1968, Howard Zinn replies to an inquiry from Grace Hoag asking about the “communist manipulation of demonstrations.”  Zinn defends the integrity of young people “who are too intelligent to be led astray.” From the archives of… Read More