Entity | Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn
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. 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.
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Born: 1922, Brooklyn
Died: 2010, Santa Monica

Alternate Names: Zinn, Howard, 1922-2010
Occupation(s): labor historian, peace activist, film director, journalist, university teacher, human rights activist, political scientist, playwright, historian, writer, Activist, Authors, Educators, Historians, Philosophers, Socialists
Field(s) of Work: history
Employer(s): Spelman College, Boston University, Harvard University
Associated Place(s): Santa Monica, New York City

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