Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922  January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, philosopher, socialist thinker and World War II veteran. 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 1980. In 2007, he published a version of it for younger readers, A Young People's History of the United States.[2]

Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn in 2009
Born(1922-08-24)August 24, 1922
New York City, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 27, 2010(2010-01-27) (aged 87)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Roslyn Shechter
(m. 1944; died 2008)
Children2, including Jeff
Academic background
EducationNew York University (BA)
Columbia University (MA, PhD)
ThesisFiorello LaGuardia in Congress (1958)
Academic work
InstitutionsSpelman College
Boston University
Main interestsCivil rights, war and peace
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchU.S. Army Air Forces
Years of service1941–1945

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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