Friday, January 29, 2010

Howard Zinn

There is not too much to say. Professor Zinn was one of the finest people around. His book "A People's History of the United States" is a great antidote to the usual "Great Men Make History" approach. It exposed new generations to the history of popular and progressive causes like the labor and civil right movements. Hardly any of my students know how it came to be that they, their parents, and their children don't work 60 - 70 hour weeks at starvation wages; or why there aren't daily lynchings -- up north as well as down south -- the way there used to be. I tell them whenever I can (less often now that I'm retired) to go read Zinn's book.

If you haven't, Go Read Zinn's Book.

R.I.P. Howard Zinn. (obit)

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