• Howard Zinn • Photo by Ted Polumbaum • Date Unknown

    HOWARD ZINN 1922–2010

    Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922-January 27, 2010) was a historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist.


Truth Has a Power of Its Own (Book) | HowardZinn.orgNew Book Featuring Howard Zinn: Truth Has a Power of Its Own

Howard Zinn in conversation with Ray Saurez • Available September 2019
“In the nearly forty years since the first edition of A People’s History appeared, Zinn’s critics have tried to sandbag him. Some complain that his iconoclasm, his tearing down of long-revered heroes, and his corrections to the record leave only a dreary slog through centuries of oppression, struggle, and suffering. Well, a historian’s job is to find out what actually happened. The horrors are there all right, and Zinn is clear-eyed and persistent in forcing us to look at them.” Learn more.


Emma Goldman, 1901 mugshot

Emma Goldman, 1901 mugshot

150th Birthday: Commemorating Emma Goldman: ‘Living My Life’

This year marks the 150th birthday of Emma Goldman. As a historian with a PhD, Howard Zinn was astonished he had never learned about Goldman in his studies. “Here was this magnificent woman, this anarchist, this feminist, fierce, life-loving person.” Zinn began assigning Living My Life to his students who “loved it.” Zinn wrote a play about her titled Emma. Learn more.


From the Archives | Howard Zinn Website

From the Archives

This collection features items from the Howard Zinn Papers at the Tamiment Library, the Summer Freedom Digital Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and other historical repositories.

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Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher Series

Our Favorite Teacher | HowardZinn.orgHoward Zinn taught at Spelman College and Boston University where he had an extraordinary influence on his students’ understanding of history and their role in the world.  Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher highlights Zinn’s lasting impact as a professor.