“Profoundly relocating and completely timed” (Blanche Wiesen Cook), “compulsively readable and chic” (ForeWord), “engaging” (History information Network), and “thoughtful” (Reason Online), this attention-grabbing account locations Zinn on the center of the sign occasions of recent American history—from global conflict II to the McCarthy period, the civil rights and the antiwar routine, and past. A bombardier who later renounced struggle, a son of working–class mom and dad who earned a doctorate at Columbia, a white professor who taught on the traditionally black Spelman collage in Atlanta—the writer of A People’s heritage of the United States blazed a daring, iconoclastic direction throughout the turbulent moment 1/2 the 20 th century. Drawing at the formerly closed Zinn information and illustrated with never–before–published pictures, Howard Zinn brings to lifestyles this towering figure—the people’s historian who himself made background, altering without end how we predict approximately our past.
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Cm. comprises bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-59558-840-1 1. Zinn, Howard, 1922–2010. 2. Historians—United States—Biography. three. Zinn, Howard, 1922–2010—Political and social perspectives. I. identify. E175. five. Z56D83 2012 973'. 07202—dc23 [B] 2012017592 Now in its 20th 12 months, the recent Press publishes books that advertise and improve public dialogue and realizing of the problems very important to our democracy and to a extra equitable global. those books are made attainable through the passion of our readers; the help of a dedicated team of donors, huge and small; the collaboration of our many companions within the self sufficient media and the not-for-profit area; booksellers, who usually hand-sell New Press books; librarians; and mainly via our authors. www. thenewpress. com Composition through Westchester publication Composition This publication used to be set in Janson textual content 2 four 6 eight 10 nine 7 five three 1 once more, for Eli Contents AUTHOR’S be aware 1. The Early Years 2. Spelman three. The Black fight I four. The Black fight II five. The struggle in Vietnam 6. Writing historical past 7. Silber as opposed to Zinn eight. A People’s background nine. The Eighties 10. The Nineties eleven. ultimate Years word ON SOURCES/ACKNOWLEDGMENTS NOTES INDEX Author’s observe This word isn’t designed to introduce or to summarize Howard Zinn’s existence. I want that tale to spread progressively, because the ebook proceeds. My goal here's to forewarn the reader on counts. It’s vital, firstly, to be in advance concerning the indisputable fact that Howard and that i knew one another to an quantity (though no longer good) and mostly shared political values, aside from his comparative loss of engagement with the feminist and (especially) homosexual hobbies. In all different regards, we held universal convictions on a variety of public matters. Our perspectives coincided in regards to the justice of the black fight and the injustice of the warfare in Vietnam. We shared admiration—our allegiance transferring again and forth—for either anarchism and socialism. We deplored the entrenched and typically unacknowledged type divisions during this kingdom, the starting to be monopoly of wealth within the arms of some, and the boldness and destruction of U. S. overseas coverage. We hottest to coach via discussion no longer dictation, and we shared a skeptical view of so-called “objective” historical past. moment, these acquainted with my previous biographies will be aware of that my robust inclination is to offer a rounded portrait—the inner most in addition to the political, the internal in addition to the general public lifetime of the topic handy. This hasn’t been as attainable as i'd have loved with Howard. within the final years of his lifestyles, he destroyed approximately every thing in his personal information that would have published his emotions and his relationships. His transparent selection was once to drag the veil over the non-public part of his life—his marriage, his parenting, his friendships, his affairs. If there has been to be any biography, Howard evidently sought after it to be approximately political, now not inner most, concerns. my very own selection may were to pay significant realization to either. to pay attention to the general public occasions of a given existence is to run the danger of a one-dimensional portrait.