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, 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.
|Born||August 24, 1922|
New York City, New York, United States
|Died||January 27, 2010 87) (aged|
(m. 1944; died 2008)
|Children||2, including Jeff|
|Alma mater||New York University (BA)|
Columbia University (MA, PhD)
|Thesis||LaGuardia in Congress|
|Institutions||Spelman College |
|Main interests||Civil rights, war and peace|
|Service/||U.S. Army Air Forces|
|Years of service||1941–1945|
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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.