Howard Zinn has died

Historian Howard Zinn, best known for the groundbreaking work A People’s History of the United States, has died of a heart attack at the age of eighty-seven.

“From the start,” Zinn wrote in his autobiography, “my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than ‘objectivity’; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble.”

Zinn is survived by his daughter, but also by an inspiring legacy and a great body of work. If you’ve never read any of his books, there’s no time like the present to get started.

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