Howard Zinn dies.

Howard Zinn died yesterday at the age of 87 of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California. Mr. Zinn was a wonderful voice, and activist, for the left and he will be missed. From The Nation:

Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and the author of the seminal A People’s History of the United States, died today at the age of 87 of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California. He was in a swimming pool doing laps and was spotted immediately by lifeguards but died instantly.
Zinn’s brand of history put common citizens at the center of the story and inspired generations of young activists and academics to remember that change is possible. As he wrote in his autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (1994), “From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than ‘objectivity’; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble.”

I heard him speak on several occasions during the Vietnam War. He was a moving orator and a damn fine human being.


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Posted on January 28, 2010, in Activist, Howard Zinn. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Mr. Zinn will be missed. His words of truth and compassion will live for ever.


    Unfortunately, instead of Doctors with out borders, we now have endleass wars with out borders.

  3. Professor Zinn opened my eyes and helped me understand the history of the millions of people's glossed over in American History classes which foist the Great Man of History model upon American youth.

    A People's History was one of 3 books I had with me in Iraq and Afghanistan…

  4. Mr. Zinn was one of the individuals that I most respected during the Vietnam War. He convinced me that it was my duty to protest and speak out about the war.

    Thank You Mr. Zinn.

  5. I tried to find my copy of A People's History. Sadly, I can not find it. :'(

  6. one of the good guys – he will be missed

  7. Losing Zinn and J.D. Salinger so closely in time is really upsetting for me.

  8. You should read the evil crap they write about Professor Zinn over at Malkin's Website:

  9. What a great man Zinn was.
    Why are so many great people passing away all of a sudden?

    Andrew Hullett, the great leftist folk singer, passed away too. He was touring my country recently; I wasn't able to catch him – and little did I know that that was the last chance I'd have to see him and hear him play.

    And not that long ago leftwing writer Chris Harman also died.

    All these people are dying, and so very young… and yet Margret Thatcher is still alive.

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