Howard Zinn: Historian, Activist, Author, Teacher, Dies at 87

What an incredible lifetime of work. Reports the AP via the NY Times:
Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose book A People’s History of the United States became a million-selling leftist alternative to mainstream texts, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 87 and lived in Auburndale, Mass. The cause was a heart attack, his daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn said.

Published in 1980 with little promotion and a first printing of 5,000, A People’s History was, fittingly, a people’s best-seller, attracting a wide audience through word of mouth and reaching 1 million sales in 2003. Although Professor Zinn was writing for a general readership, his book was taught in high schools and colleges throughout the country, and numerous companion editions were published, including Voices of a People’s History, a volume for young people and a graphic novel.

A People’s History told an openly left-wing story. Professor Zinn accused Christopher Columbus and other explorers of committing genocide, picked apart presidents from Andrew Jackson to Franklin D. Roosevelt and celebrated workers, feminists and war resisters.

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7 Comments on "Howard Zinn: Historian, Activist, Author, Teacher, Dies at 87"

  1. The World wil Miss Him! RIP Mr Zinn and heartfelt condolences to your family! Shame is the world needs more Howard Zinn's, unfortunately we are runnng out of people like him! Read everything he ever wrote which I suppose is unusual for a Brit! My sympathies once again to his family. Ms Styx Marx

  2. Alexander Hamlton | Jan 28, 2010 at 5:00 am |

    Horrible man. America was so terrible for him, yet he could not leave for the glorious worker's paradise of Russia or Cuba.

    • Bah. America wasn't so terrible for him. He just pointed out how America had been terrible for many Americans other than himself.

      Anything horrible he had been a part of (bombardier, testing napalm on innocent people in the name of the glorious USA!), he had surely atoned for.

      Being a maggot on the steamy stool of a cold gravedigger's a$$hole on the morning after corn chowder night is too good for ya. Good luck with that.

    • Are you really a 'dumbass' or do you just get off on being offensive? Or is it? As I suspect just a case of 'passing on the 'family opinion' as tradition dictates you must? I wonder how many of the 'few' words you shared with us, you really understood? Ironically, the Late Mr H Zinn, would have fought and worked harder than anyone who you may now call 'family', when you mean 'ancestors'! May I propose that at some time soon you are recommended for or even reach the 'Laureate' of The Darwin Awards! Mr Hamlton,or should that be 'Hamilton'? Ms S Marx

  3. This sucks. He gave voice to regular people that the corporate media and the rightwing hackery thoroughly ignore. He showed us that We the People determine the direction of this country, not the so-called powerful, and showed us just how many real heroes we have among us. He also wasn't afraid to show us the complete image of America, the good and the bad, in the hopes that we'd be an even better nation in the future and avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

    PS. way to go, “Alexander”. Choosing to name yourself after the nation's first douchey banker. Nice.

  4. santosfabian | Jan 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

    my grandad died last night. maybe their hangin' out ?

    • Hope to god if there is an afterlife? Your Grandfather gets to hang out with Mr Zinn, 'coz if Heaven is gonna be full of 'G W Bush and Sarah Palin types'! Well 'youbetcha' he will find Mr Zinn more useful than just being someone to mate with & perhaps to shoot a fews hoops' with,,,,,???? Condolences to your family and all of your friends who have been touched by the passing of your Grandfafher! RIP

      ms styx marx

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