Friday, January 29, 2010

Howard Zinn, 1922-2010

An obituary from the Times and an essay by Michael Honey on Zinn's "disputed" legacy to the history profession. Honey champions Zinn's dedication to activism and his ability to speak to and resonate with mass audiences:

"How many of us through our writings have captured the imagination of masses of people who did not go on to get post-graduate history degrees and inspired them to become active citizens? How many of us could draw a thousand people to a historical lecture that shed light on the issues of the day? How many of us popularized the idea that organized people can really make a difference? And how many of us actually put our lives on the line? "

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