In this clip, Zinn recounts his role as an expert on civil disobedience in the trial of the Camden 28, as well other Vietnam war protesters. Zinn explains that his job as an expert witness is to explain to the jury that “these people were doing something part of an honorable tradition in American history. That they weren’t simply criminals. That they were doing what the Boston Tea Party people had did in the American Revolution. They were doing what the people who defied the Fugitive Slave Law Acts and freed slaves before the Civil War did. They were doing what Americans had done all through American history in order to win justice for people…”
This clip concludes with Zinn reflecting on antiwar movement’s impact on the verdict of acquittal, “I think that more important than any other factor in determining the outcome of something that happens in a courtroom, is what is happening outside the courtroom. And what is happening outside the courtroom, in this case, is was that the American people had gotten the notion that there was an immoral war, and that that, ultimately, affected everything that went on in this courtroom.”
This video of Howard Zinn is raw footage from a reunion put together for The Camden 28 on May 4, 2002, posted by director Anthony Giacchino.