Howard Zinn

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Howard Zinn was a historian, political scientist, social critic, activist and playwright, best known as author of the bestseller A People's History of the United States. The author of some 20 books, he was a Professor in the Political Science Department at Boston University. He died in 2010.

The People's Historian was born August 24, 1922. We share a piece on immigration he published with us in our July 2006 issue—entirely relevant today. more

Aug 23, 2017 10:34 PM Dispatches

We need to assert our allegiance to the human race... more

Jul 4, 2017 8:50 AM Dispatches 15 Comments

In honor of Veterans Day 2014, we present from our archive a 2004 essay by Howard Zinn on just and unjust war. He writes, "I am finding that I am not the only veteran of World War II who refuses to be corralled into justifying the wars of t... more

Nov 11, 2014 12:27 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

"Let the dead of all our wars be honored. Let the living pledge themselves never to embark on mass slaughter again." more

May 26, 2014 4:50 PM Dispatches

Another Memorial Day. Another war. Yes, let's honor those who died in the nation's many wars. But if we do not want to keep adding to the soldiers' graves, let's also ask why they died.We know our political leaders will speak solemnly to the nati... more

May 27, 2013 3:49 PM Magazine

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed. more

Jul 2, 2010 2:37 PM Op-Eds

By Howard Zinn The very people who should know better, having criticized the hold of the media on the national mind, find themselves transfixed by the press, glued to the television set, as the candidates preen and smile and bring forth a show... more

Apr 8, 2008 1:47 PM Magazine

Election fever has seized the country, as it does every four years. Now I’m not saying elections are totally insignificant, and that we should refuse to vote to preserve our moral purity. I’m talking about a sense of proportion that gets ... more

Mar 5, 2008 1:02 PM Op-Eds

The images on television have been heartbreaking. People on fire leaping to their deaths from a hundred stories up. People in panic and fear racing from the scene in clouds of dust and smoke. more

Jul 18, 2007 5:41 PM Dispatches

I believe two moral judgments can be made about the present "war": The September 11 attack constitutes a crime against humanity and cannot be justified, and the bombing of Afghanistan is also a crime, which cannot be justified. more

Jul 16, 2007 5:34 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

I am calling it "our" war on terrorism because I want to distinguish it from Bush's war on terrorism, and from Sharon's, and from Putin's. What their wars have in common is that they are based on an enormous deception: persuading the people... more

Jul 16, 2007 5:30 PM Dispatches

Our government has declared a military victory in Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead--the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of whom there have been many, many more. more

Jul 16, 2007 5:28 PM Dispatches

In the days after the election, it seemed that all my friends were either depressed or angry, frustrated or indignant, or simply disgusted. more

Jul 16, 2007 5:18 PM Dispatches

In all the solemn statements by self-important politicians and newspaper columnists about a coming war against Iraq, and even in the troubled comments by some who are opposed to the war, there is something missing. more

Jul 16, 2007 5:02 PM Dispatches

When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them. As I write this, Congress is debating timetables for withdrawal from... more

May 1, 2007 3:41 PM Magazine

-- by Howard Zinn The time is right, then, for a national campaign calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Courage is in short supply in Washington, D.C. The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the overthrow o... more

Mar 2, 2007 6:26 PM Op-Eds

The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the impeachment of a president who is responsible for death, destruction and chaos in that country. more

Jan 25, 2007 6:45 PM Op-Eds

A more honest estimate of ourselves as a nation would prepare us all for the next barrage of lies that will accompany the next proposal to inflict our power on some other part of the world. It might also inspire us to create a different his... more

Apr 10, 2006 7:34 PM Op-Eds

If we don't know history, then we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives. But if we know some history, if we know how many times presidents have lied to us, we will not... more

Mar 8, 2006 9:52 PM Op-Eds 1 Comments

The war against Iraq, the assault on its people, the occupation of its cities, will come to an end, sooner or later. The process has already begun. The first signs of mutiny are appearing in Congress. The first editorials calling for withdr... more

Jan 27, 2006 4:02 PM Op-Eds