Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 - January 27, 2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. Howard authored many books, including A People’s History of the United States,” “Voices of a People’s History (with Anthony Arnove), and A Power Governments Cannot Suppress."

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom Stands the Test of Time
Editor’s note from The Progressive: The late historian and Progressive columnist Howard Zinn shared these words with us back in 2006. Eleven years later, for July 4, 2017, his message is still just as compelling A World War II bombardier, Zinn was the author of the best-selling book A People’s...
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Friday, October 07, 2016
Fifteen Years of Lessons Not Learned
Publisher's note for The Progressive: October 7 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the beginning of the longest war in U.S. history. Midday on Sunday October 7, 2001 U.S. president George W. Bush addressed the nation from the Treaty Room in the White House. As Bush himself noted , this is “a place...
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Monday, October 05, 2015
Empire or Humanity?
[Note from TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt: Here’s how I described Howard Zinn in 2005 when I met him for a TomDispatch interview : “He's tall and thin, with a shock of white hair. A bombardier in the great war against fascism and an antiwar veteran of America's wars ever since, he's best known...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
"I Plead Guilty" (to Insubordination)
Introduction by TomDispatch.com editor Tom Engelhardt: It gives me a double pleasure to have today’s double-barreled post -- an excerpt from a 1960 Howard Zinn piece on the young women of Spelman College turning into protestors and historian Paula Giddings vividly looking back on Zinn and the...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
A Just Cause ≠ A Just War
Editor's Note: Today we remember our legendary columnist Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States and champion of pacifism, civil rights, and the voices of the marginalized . On this fifth anniversary of his death in January 27, 2010, we present a classic essay on nonviolence...
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Friday, July 02, 2010
Remembering Howard Zinn on July 4th: Put Away the Flags
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed. Is not nationalism -- that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder -- one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
From Our Archives: A Just Cause, Not a Just War
Editor's note: The following essay appeared in the December issue of The Progressive in 2001, and was reposted here at Common Dreams shortly after, just three months following the events of September 11th. As Rudyard Kipling long ago and famously observed, you can recognize wisdom ami
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Obama at One: Little Surprising in Absence of Progressive Social Movement
Looking back at President Obama's first year in office, The Nation asked members of its community to give their assesment of his performance.
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Saturday, October 10, 2009
War and Peace Prizes
I was dismayed when I heard Barack Obama was given the Nobel peace prize . A shock, really, to think that a president carrying on two wars would be given a peace prize . Until I recalled that Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry Kissinger had all received Nobel peace prizes.
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Monday, July 06, 2009
Untold Truths About the American Revolution
There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from, "This is a good cause" to "This deserves a war." You need to be very, very comfortable in making that jump. The American Revolution-independence from England-was a just cause. Why should the colonists here be occupied by and oppressed by England? But therefore, did we have to go to the Revolutionary War? How many people died in the Revolutionary War?
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