Howard Zinn

  • howard zinn
    howard zinn at b-fest 2009 ii.jpg
    zinn in 2009
    born(1922-08-24)august 24, 1922
    new york city, new york, u.s.
    diedjanuary 27, 2010(2010-01-27) (aged 87)
    santa monica, california, u.s.
    occupationhistorian
    spouse(s)
    roslyn shechter
    (m. 1944; died 2008)
    children2, including jeff
    academic background
    alma maternew york university (ba)
    columbia university (ma, phd)
    thesislaguardia in congress
    academic work
    institutionsspelman college
    boston university
    main interestscivil rights, war and peace

    howard zinn (august 24, 1922 – january 27, 2010) was an american historian, playwright, and socialist thinker. he was chair of the history and social sciences department at spelman college,[1] and a political science professor at boston university. zinn wrote over 20 books, including his best-selling and influential a people's history of the united states. in 2007, he published a version of it for younger readers, a young people's history of the united states.[2]

    zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. maybe a democratic socialist."[3][4] he wrote extensively about the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and labor history of the united states. his memoir, you can't be neutral on a moving train (beacon press, 2002), was also the title of a 2004 documentary about zinn's life and work. zinn died of a heart attack in 2010, at age 87.[5]

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Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn at B-Fest 2009 II.jpg
Zinn in 2009
Born(1922-08-24)August 24, 1922
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 27, 2010(2010-01-27) (aged 87)
OccupationHistorian
Spouse(s)
Roslyn Shechter
(m. 1944; died 2008)
Children2, including Jeff
Academic background
Alma materNew York University (BA)
Columbia University (MA, PhD)
ThesisLaGuardia in Congress
Academic work
InstitutionsSpelman College
Boston University
Main interestsCivil rights, war and peace

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, and socialist thinker. He was chair of the history and social sciences department at Spelman College,[1] and a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote over 20 books, including his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States. In 2007, he published a version of it for younger readers, A Young People's History of the United States.[2]

Zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist."[3][4] He wrote extensively about the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement and labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Beacon Press, 2002), was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn's life and work. Zinn died of a heart attack in 2010, at age 87.[5]