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Howard Zinn (1922–2010)

Autor von Eine Geschichte des amerikanischen Volkes

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A committed radical historian and activist, Howard Zinn approaches the study of the past from the point of view of those whom he feels have been exploited by the powerful. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. After working in local shipyards during his teens, he joined the U.S. Army Air mehr anzeigen Force, where he saw combat as a bombardier in World War II. He received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1958 and was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard University. While teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Zinn joined the civil rights movement and wrote The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). He also became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, writing Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and visiting Hanoi to receive the first American prisoners released by the North Vietnamese. Zinn's best-known and most-praised work, as well as his most controversial, is A People's History of the United States (1980). It explores American history under the thesis that most historians have favored those in power, leaving another story untold. Zinn discusses such topics as Native American views of Columbus and the socialist and anarchist opposition to World War I in examining his theory that historical change is most often due to "mass movements of ordinary people." Zinn's other books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1995) and Artists in Times of War (2004). He has also written the plays Emma (1976), Daughter of Venus (1985), and Marx in Soho (1999). (Bowker Author Biography) Howard Zinn grew up in the immigrant slums of Brooklyn, where he worked in shipyards in his late teens. He saw combat duty as an air force bombardier in World War II, and afterward received his doctorate in history from Columbia University. His first book, "La Guardia in Congress", was an Albert Beveridge Prize winner. In 1956, he moved with his wife and children to Atlanta to become chairman of the history department of Spelman College. He has since written and edited many more books, including A People's History of the United States, SNCC: The New Abolitionist; Disobedience and Democracy; The Politics of History; The Pentagon Papers: Critical Essays; You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times; and The Zinn Reader (Seven Stories Press, 1997). Zinn is also the author of three plays, Emma, Daughter of Venus, and Marx in Soho. Among the many honors Zinn has received is the 1998 Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction. A professor emeritus of political science at Boston University, he lives with his wife, Roslyn, in the Boston area, near their children and grandchildren. (Publisher Provided) weniger anzeigen
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Werke von Howard Zinn

Voices of a People's History of the United States (2004) — Herausgeber — 739 Exemplare
Terrorism and War (2002) 258 Exemplare
The Politics of History (1970) 141 Exemplare
Howard Zinn on History (2001) 138 Exemplare
Howard Zinn on War (2001) 130 Exemplare
Marx in Soho: A Play on History (1999) 127 Exemplare
SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1965) 111 Exemplare
Emma (1847) 82 Exemplare
The Bomb (2010) 73 Exemplare
Postwar America: 1945-1971 (1973) 58 Exemplare
New Deal thought (1966) 53 Exemplare
The Southern Mystique (1964) 50 Exemplare
Howard Zinn on Race (2011) 44 Exemplare
Just War (2005) 40 Exemplare
Artburn (2003) — Vorwort; einige Ausgaben29 Exemplare
Playbook (1986) — Autor — 16 Exemplare
Stories Hollywood Never Tells (2001) 15 Exemplare
LaGuardia in Congress (1969) 15 Exemplare
The Pentagon Papers: Critical Essays: Volume Five (1971) — Herausgeber — 14 Exemplare
Justice?: Eyewitness accounts (1977) 6 Exemplare
The Common Cradle of Concern (2006) 5 Exemplare
Power, history and warfare (1991) 4 Exemplare
The Indispensable Zinn (2012) 3 Exemplare
War and Civil Disobedience (2010) 1 Exemplar

Zugehörige Werke

Die eiserne Ferse (1907) — Einführung, einige Ausgaben1,428 Exemplare
A People's History of American Empire: A Graphic Adaptation (2008) — Mitwirkender — 701 Exemplare
A People's History of the Supreme Court (1999) — Vorwort — 669 Exemplare
Reporting Civil Rights, Part 1: American Journalism 1941-1963 (2003) — Mitwirkender — 231 Exemplare
Reporting Civil Rights, Part 2: American Journalism 1963-1973 (2003) — Mitwirkender — 210 Exemplare
Encyclopedia of the American Left (1990) — Mitwirkender, einige Ausgaben105 Exemplare
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (2007) — Mitwirkender — 105 Exemplare
Life of an Anarchist: The Alexander Berkman Reader (1992) — Einführung, einige Ausgaben92 Exemplare
Harvey Wasserman's History of the United States (1972) — Einführung — 46 Exemplare
The Antislavery Vanguard: New Essays on the Abolitionists (1965) — Mitwirkender — 44 Exemplare
Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation (2004) — Vorwort, einige Ausgaben23 Exemplare
Race Traitor 10 (1999) — Mitwirkender — 4 Exemplare



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Zinn, Howard
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Zinn, Howard
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Santa Monica, California, USA
heart attack
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA
New York University (BA|1951)
Columbia University (MA|1952|PhD|1958)
university professor
political activist
Zinn, Jeff (son)
Spelman College
Boston University
U.S. Army Air Corps
Preise und Auszeichnungen
Thomas Merton Award
Eugene V. Debs Award
Lannan Literary Award (Nonfiction, 1998)
Upton Sinclair Award (1999)
Haven's Center Award for Lifetime Contribution to Critical Scholarship (2006)
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, 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.

Zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist." 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.



Howard Zinn RIP in Radical History (September 2011)


This book by Howard Zinn is a masterpiece. He writes in Chapter 23 that most histories are over respectful of our leaders and dismissive of the common person. This book sets the record straight and, he does so in elegant prose.

It is easy to read the book and criticize the USA but no country will have a stellar record.

If you are not American, you may get lost in some of the detail. Once you read the Kindle edition of the book, buy the paperback edition. It is worth the investment in time and money.… (mehr)
RajivC | 150 weitere Rezensionen | Oct 22, 2023 |
This is an interesting book, I think, because Zinn did more than just present a linear view of his life; he showed how the actions of so many people he came in contact with encouraged him to make a difference. He also illustrated how he was influenced to change his outlook, both by his experiences (growing up poor, manual labor with mixed races, fighting in WWII) and by the occasional comment made by someone which led him to think and consider. I think his openness to thinking about new ideas is probably one of his most important characteristics.
This book was familiar because I lived through a lot of what he talks about, although at a younger age. It was also instructive because I didn't have a useful framework in which to understand all the events of the times.
Every chapter seems to end, somewhere on the last page, with an inspiring summary. I'm sure every reviewer has expressed amazement that Zinn continued to be hopeful in the face of the long, hard, struggle to create a world in which we all have a chance to be our better selves. He shows us that every person who takes a small step is important.
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juniperSun | 17 weitere Rezensionen | Oct 4, 2023 |
A multitude of eye-opening truths for those who seek answers, independent of how unsavory they may be. Hats off to Howard Zinn- this should be the American human bible.
NancyBookwin | 150 weitere Rezensionen | Oct 2, 2023 |
I read only Howard Zinn's Emma, but looks like there are other interesting plays in here as well.
lemontwist | Sep 4, 2023 |



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