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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.



A People’s History of the United States: 1492–Present

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

Disobedience and Democracy: Nine Fallacies of Law and Order


Failure to Quit: Reflections of an Optimistic Historian

Justice in Everyday Life: The Way It Really Works

LaGuardia in Congress

Marx in Soho: A Play on History

New Deal Thought

Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice

Postwar America: 1945–1971

SNCC: The New Abolitionists

The Bomb: Essays

The Historic Unfulfilled Promise

The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known

The Politics of History

The Southern Mystique

The Twentieth Century: A People’s History

Three Plays – The Political Theater of Howard Zinn: Emma / Marx in Soho / The Daughter of Venus

Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal

You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times


Howard Zinn and David Barsamian

Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics


Howard Zinn and Donaldo Macedo

Howard Zinn On Democratic Education


Howard Zinn and George Kirschner

A People’s History of the United States: The Wall Charts


Howard Zinn and Rebecca Stefoff

A Young People’s History of the United States


Howard Zinn, edited by Anthony Arnove

Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches, 1963–2009


Howard Zinn, edited by Dean Birkenkamp and Wanda Rhudy

Uncommon Sense: From the Writings of Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn, edited by Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the “People’s Historian”


Howard Zinn, Kathy Emery, and Ellen Reeves

A People’s History of the United States: Abridged Teaching Edition


Howard Zinn, Dana Frank, and Robin D. G. Kelley

Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor’s Last Century


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