But remember, this power of the people on top depends on the obedience of the people below. When people stop obeying, they have no power. — Howard Zinn
Jan. 28, 2010
We pay tribute to the late historian, writer and activist Howard Zinn, who died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of eighty-seven. Howard Zinn’s classic work A People’s History of the United States changed the way we look at history in America. It has sold over a million copies and was recently made into a television special called The People Speak. We remember Howard Zinn in his own words, and we speak with those who knew him best: Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove.
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We spend the rest of the hour paying tribute to the late historian, writer and activist Howard Zinn who died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 87.
Howard Zinn’s classic work A People’s History of the United States changed the way we look at history in America.
After serving as a bombardier in World War II, Howard Zinn went on to become a lifelong dissident and peace activist. He was active in the civil rights movement and many of the struggles for social justice over the past fifty years.
He taught at Spelman College, the historically black college for women, and was fired for insubordination for standing up for the students. While at Spelman he served on the executive committee of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
After being forced out of Spelman, Zinn became a professor at Boston University.
In 1967 he published “Vietnam: The Logic Of Withdrawal”–it was the first book on the war to call for immediate withdrawal, no conditions. A year later he and Father Daniel Berrigan traveled to North Vietnam to receive the first three American prisoners of wars released by the North Vietnamese.
When Daniel Ellsberg needed a place to hide the Pentagon Papers before they were leaked to the press, he went to Howard and his late wife Roz.
Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States would go on to sell over a million copies. It was recently made into a television special called “The People Speak.”
We speak with Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove.
Noam Chomsky, author and Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT, where he taught for over half a century. He is author of dozens of books. His most recent is Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy.
Naomi Klein, journalist and author. Her latest book is The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, poet and activist. She was a student of Howard Zinn’s at Spelman College in the early 1960s.
January 28, 2010
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