Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as “A People’s History of the United States,” inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.
Also, from The Associated Press: Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose book “A People’s History of the United States” became a million-selling leftist alternative to mainstream texts, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 87 and lived in Auburndale, Mass.
Zinn told The Nation that he was not terribly disappointed in President Obama except in the area of Constitutional law and that he hadn’t expected much from the new president to begin with.
The Howard Zinn documentary “The People Speak” premiered on Sunday, December 13, 2009, on the History Channel.
Check out the latest trailer, here.
Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, the documentary feature film THE PEOPLE SPEAK gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice.
Narrated by acclaimed historian Howard Zinn and based on his best-selling books, A People’s History of the United States and, with Anthony Arnove, Voices of a People’s History, THE PEOPLE SPEAK illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take liberty for granted.
THE PEOPLE SPEAK is produced by Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn, co-directed by Moore, Arnove and Zinn, and features and dramatic and musical performances by Brolin, Damon, Rosario Dawson, Bob Dylan, Michael Ealy, Lupe Fiasco, Morgan Freeman, Jasmine Guy, John Legend, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Sandra Oh, Viggo Mortensen, Bruce Springsteen, Marisa Tomei, Kerry Washington, and many others.
For more information about Howard Zinn’s life and work, visit http://www.howardzinn.org.
More coverage on the life and death of Howard Zinn can be found at the following:
To read the transcript of The Progressive 100th Anniversary Speech in Madison, Wisconsin, May 2, 2009, titled “Three Holy Wars,” visit Z Video.