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    HOWARD ZINN 1922–2010

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


SNCC Worker Briefing, Fall 1963 | HowardZinn.org


SNCC: The Battle-Scarred Youngsters

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). We share this article Howard Zinn wrote in 1963 about SNCC’s participation at the March on Washington. “That was when the youngest speaker on the platform, John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, lashed out in anger, not only at the Dixiecrats, but at the Kennedy Administration, which had been successful up to that moment in directing the indignation of 200,000 people at everyone but itself.” Read more.


Scare Words Leave Scars on Everyone

By Howard Zinn • Newsday • January 22, 1989
“The use of scare words is profoundly undemocratic. It stifles debate; it creates an atmosphere in which people are afraid to speak their minds, honestly, afraid to examine all ideas.” 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.