The New Abolitionists
Haymarket Books (December 2013)
Paper • ISBN-13: 9781608462995 • US $18.00 • 256 pgs.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Originally published in 1964, SNCC: The New Abolitionists influenced a generation of activists struggling for civil rights and seeking to learn from the successes and failures of those who built the fantastically influential Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. It is an indispensable study of the organization, of the 1960s, and of the process of social change, reissued with a new introduction by the author.
The Washington Post
“A good way to maintain your sense of the urgency of civil rights problems is to keep a copy of Howard Zinn’s book handy.”
The Harvard Crimson (1964)
“Zinn’s sympathetic portrayal of “the new abolitionists” conveys their courage and commitment”
The Journal of Southern History
“This is, by far, the most valuable book on SNCC to be published…. Zinn is a superb reporter and the narrative sections of the book are exceptionally effective…. Zinn’s main point is as relevant today as it was when he wrote the book. SNCC, he feels, is a profoundly radical, deeply egalitarian organization whose strength ‘comes from nowhere in the world, but cotton fields, prison cells, and the minds of young people reflecting on what they see and feel.’”
Lawrence Goldman, Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Howard Zinn (1922–2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. He wrote the classic A People’s History of the United States, “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those … whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories” (Library Journal). The book, which has sold more than 2.6 million copies and been translated into 23 foreign editions, has become a cultural touchstone, encouraging interest in “people’s histories” in universities and activist meetings alike. In 2009, History aired The People Speak, an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Zinn, based on A People’s History and a companion volume, Voices of a People’s History of the United States. As Noam Chomsky wrote, “Howard Zinn’s work literally changed the conscience of a generation.”
Zinn grew up in a working-class, immigrant household in Brooklyn. At eighteen, he became a shipyard worker and flew bomber missions over Europe during World War II, experiences which helped to shape his opposition to war and his interest in the lives of working people. After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, he taught at Spelman College, a historically black women’s college, where he became active in the civil rights movement. After being fired by Spelman for his support for student protesters, Zinn became a professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he taught until his retirement in 1988. He wrote more than forty books.
OTHER TITLES BY THIS AUTHOR:
A People’s History of the United States: Abridged Teaching Edition (with Kathy Emery and Ellen Reeves)
A People’s History of the United States: The Wall Charts (with George Kirschner)
Howard Zinn On Democratic Education (with Donaldo Macedo)
Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches, 1963–2009 (ed. Anthony Arnove)
Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the “People’s Historian” (ed. Timothy Patrick McCarthy)
Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics (with David Barsamian)
Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor’s Last Century (with Dana Frank and Robin D. G. Kelley)
Uncommon Sense: From the Writings of Howard Zinn (eds. Dean Birkenkamp and Wanda Rhudy)
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