• 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.


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We Make People’s History
On January 27, share how you make people’s history

This year marks the 40th anniversary of A People’s History of the United States, and the 10th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s death on January 27, 2010. No doubt, Zinn’s writing and life of activism inspired many worldwide, and A People’s History continues to shine a light on the people left out of the mainstream history books and media. On January 27 we invite you to share on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) how you are making people’s history today using the hashtag #WeMakePeoplesHistory. Learn more.

color image of priest Daniela and Phil Berrigan

The Day I Met Father Dan Berrigan — Thanks To Howard Zinn

By William Holtzman
Father Berrigan had been enjoying an 18-month “vacation” at Danbury prison in Connecticut for pouring blood on draft board records. And now he was finally getting out. Howard asked, “Anyone want to drive to Danbury and celebrate Dan’s release?” Two days later, about 25 of us headed west on I-90. Read 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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Audio and Video

Listen to and view audio and video clips of Howard Zinn.

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Related Projects

Learn more about the performance, film, and education projects Howard Zinn played a role in.

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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.