Tackling the Headlines: Teaching Humanity and History
- Professor Zinn and Dr. Angela Davis talk about this platform of Mindful Education.
Angela Davis and Professor Zinn]
- Howard Zinn on Race (Paperback)
- Howard Zinn on Race (Paperback)
- By Howard Zinn, Cornel West
The genius of Howard Zinn was not so much that he spoke truth to power
so effectively—although he did. It’s that he spoke truth to us so
effectively. In his writing, speeches, and interviews, Howard Zinn had
an uncanny knack for cutting to the heart of an issue—capturing the most
essential concerns with wit, passion, and eloquence. In these three
volumes, Zinn constantly draws on the past to prove that the future is
not written, that people’s action has always made a difference, even
when the powers that be ignore or rewrite that history.
volumes offer short essays that could be used with students, and longer
ones to help educators step back and consider what is really worth
— Rethinking Schools
Howard Zinn on Race is Zinn’s choice of the shorter writings and speeches that best reflect his views on America’s most taboo topic. As chairman of the history department at all black women’s Spelman College, Zinn was an outspoken supporter of student activists in the nascent civil rights movement. In “The Southern Mystique,” he tells of how he was asked to leave Spelman in 1963 after teaching there for seven years. “Behind every one of the national government’s moves toward racial equality,” writes Zinn in one 1965 essay, “lies the sweat and effort of boycotts, picketing, beatings, sit-ins, and mass demonstrations.” He firmly believed that bringing people of different races and nationalities together would create a more compassionate world, where equality is a given and not merely a dream.
These writings, which span decades, express Zinn’s steadfast belief that the people have the power to change the status quo, if they only work together and embrace the nearly forgotten American tradition of civil disobedience and revolution. In clear, compassionate, and present prose, Zinn gives us his thoughts on the Abolitionists, the march from Selma to Montgomery, John F. Kennedy, picketing, sit-ins, and, finally, the message he wanted to send to New York University students about race in a speech he delivered during the last week of his life.
The visionary historical work of professor and activist HOWARD ZINN (1922-2010) is widely considered one of the most important and influential of our era. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, Zinn became convinced that there could no longer be such a thing as a “just war,” because the vast majority of victims in modern warfare are, increasingly, innocent civilians. In his books, including “A People’s History of the United States,” its companion volume
“Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” and countless other titles, Zinn affirms the power of the people to influence the course of events.
“What can I say that will in any way convey the love, respect, and admiration I feel for this unassuming hero who was my teacher and mentor, this radical historian and people-loving ‘trouble-maker,’ this man who stood with us and suffered with us? Howard Zinn was the best teacher I ever had, and the funniest.” –Alice Walker
“Professor Zinn writes with an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history, and his text is studded with telling quotations from labor leaders, war resisters, and fugitive slaves.” –Eric Foner, The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication Date: June 14th, 2011
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