Historian Howard Zinn on Abraham Lincoln and the eventual abolition of slavery in the US. Which shows that Spielberg's new film, Lincoln, is far from historically accurate.
John Brown1 was executed by the state of Virginia with the approval of the national government. It was the national government which, while weakly enforcing the law ending the slave trade, sternly enforced the laws providing for the return of fugitives to slavery.
- 1. Libcom note: John Brown was an American abolitionist who attempted to lead a violent uprising against slavery.
The LA Times reported in December 2005 that Upton Sinclair had allegedly written in a letter that an attorney for Sacco and Vanzetti, Fred Moore, had confided to him of his clients' guilt. Many conservative commentators responded by issuing blanket condemnations of the left's support for various political prisoners. In light of this, Sonali Kolhatkar and Gabriel Roman spoke with the now late historian Howard Zinn, who wrote the introduction for the reissue of Sinclair's novel Boston, about the significance of the alleged Sinclair letter.
Kolhatkar: What was the significance of the Sacco-Vanzetti case when it happened? What was its significance to social movements in the United States?
An article by the late Howard Zinn on the significance of the lives and executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti today.
Fifty years after the executions of Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti, Governor Dukakis of Massachusetts set up a panel to judge the fairness of the trial, and the conclusion was that the two men had not received a fair trial. This aroused a minor storm in Boston.
Howard Zinn on the position of women and the struggles of working-class women for equality from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Howard Zinn's critical history of the American Revolution against British rule and its impact on ordinary people.
Howard Zinn's history of slavery and slave revolts in the United States from 1619 up until 1741.
Sails furled, flag drooping at her rounded stern, she rode the tide in from the sea. She was a strange ship, indeed, by all accounts, a frightening ship, a ship of mystery. Whether she was trader, privateer, or man-of-war no one knows.
Howard Zinn on the "discovery" of America, the treatment of the native population and how it was justified as "progress".
A short obituary for the legendary historian, peace activist, and radical thinker Howard Zinn.
Howard Zinn, one of the world's most celebrated historians, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Santa Monica, California. He was 87.
His classic work, A People’s History of the United States, changed the way we look at history in America. First published a quarter of a century ago, the book has sold over a million copies and continues to sell more copies each successive year.
Historian Howard Zinn's account of US involvement in World War I, the reasons behind it, and working class resistance to it.
Historian Howard Zinn critically analyses the conception that World War II was really a "people's war" against fascism, as opposed to yet another inter-imperialist conflict with nothing to offer working people.