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Arkansas Bill Attempts to Ban Howard Zinn Books

On March 1, 2017, Arkansas Representative Kim Hendren (R) introduced Bill HB1834 to prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas “from including in its curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard… Read More

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Letters Refute Fareed Zakaria’s Claim: ‘Bannon’s view closest to Howard Zinn’

In a Washington Post article on February 9, 2017, Fareed Zakaria compared Steve Bannon and Howard Zinn, concluding that, In a strange way, Bannon’s dark, dystopian view of U.S. history is closest to that of Howard Zinn, a… Read More

Howard Zinn Inspired Spelman Women to Stand Up | HowardZinn.org

Howard Zinn Inspired Spelman Women to Stand Up, Speak Out, and Soar

Spelman College featured several scholars and activists who talked about the huge impact former Spelman professor Howard Zinn had upon their lives. Marian Wright Edelman recalls, “He was a very creative, magical teacher. He taught us how to… Read More

Remembering David Bowie through His 100 Favorite Books | Howard Zinn Website

A People’s History Was One of David Bowie’s Favorite Books

Michael Schaub of the Los Angeles Times paid tribute to David Bowie, who died on January 10, 2016, by republishing Bowie’s 100 favorite books. Amongst them were Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. See the… Read More

The 100 Best Bostonians of All Time

The 100 Best Bostonians of All Time

Boston Magazine published the “The 100 Best Bostonians of All Time” which includes Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, W. E. B. DuBois, Helen Keller, Malcolm X, Phillis Wheatley and other people’s history makers. The list notes Zinn’s contribution of writing… Read More

2015 Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award

PEN New England selected Ferguson activists and bloggers Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson to receive the 2015 Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award. Formerly named the “Thomas Paine Award,” the Freedom to Write Award was re-named in honor of Howard Zinn. PEN… Read More

Bashing Howard Zinn: A Critical Look at One of the Critics

Alison Kysia • Zinn Education Project • November 18, 2013
Since the death of historian Howard Zinn in 2010, a number of scholars and politicians have targeted Zinn’s work in an effort to undermine his influence among educators.

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Howard Zinn Read In | WeAreMany.org

‘Howard Zinn Read-In’ Celebrates Power of ‘Dangerous’ Education

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ attempt to censor Zinn’s classic ‘A People’s History’ backfires, sparks ongoing interest in late historian’s work. By Andrea Germano In organizing a Howard Zinn read-in at Purdue University, students have cultivated what is… Read More

Zinn at the 2008 NCSS | Photo by Steve Puppe/NCSS.

Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

By Bill Bigelow • Common Dreams • July 18, 2013
Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, one of the country’s most widely read history books, died on January 27, 2010. Shortly after, then-Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels got on his computer and fired off an email to the state’s top education officials: “This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away.”

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Academic Freedom 101 | Illustration by Gary Varvel | The Indianpolis Star

Mitch Daniels Attempted to Ban Zinn’s ‘People’s History’ as Governor

Mitch Daniels, as an unconventional choice to become Purdue University’s president, has repeatedly pledged his strong commitment to academic freedom. And many professors — including some who had questioned the wisdom of appointing a governor as university president… Read More

Banned Book Cover: A People's History of the United States

A People’s History Banned in Tucson Schools

Last week, the Tucson Unified School District eliminated a popular Mexican American Studies program in local high schools that, in a short period of time, had done a lot of good.. . .When an outside audit gave the… Read More

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Film Even the Rain/Tambien La Lluvia Dedicated to Howard Zinn

September 16, 2010—The writer and film maker Paul Laverty was asked recently why he and director Icíar Bollaín dedicated his new film “Even the Rain (Tambien La Lluvia),” set in Bolivia and starring Gael Garcia Bernal, to the… Read More

Review of The People Speak on BlogCritics

“The People Speak represents an opportunity very few of us are given. Not only does it present aspects of history not everybody is familiar with, it brings it to life and makes it real. For too many people… Read More

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The NYT Magazine Slights Howard Zinn in Its Farewell to 2010

By Matthew Rothschild • The Progressive • December 27, 2010

I picked up my Sunday Times yesterday morning and saw that the magazine section was doing its annual obituary section, “The Lives They Lived.”

I expected to find Howard Zinn in there, one of the most towering leftwing intellectuals in America of the last 50 years.

But he was nowhere in sight.

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Howard Zinn's FBI File

Release of Howard Zinn’s Decades Long FBI File

In July 2010, the FBI released a 243-page file on Howard Zinn. The release describes the historian as “radical.” The documents show the bureau taking an active interest in Zinn since the late 1940s, when he was a… Read More