He says: (Excerpt of an interview, 2001): … ” … Historians must not be sweet. But optimistic … well, yes, a cautious optimism. Cautious in the sense that I’m not positive that things are going to go well. The future is indeterminate. But after all, the future depends on what we do now. If we are pessimistic now, we are doomed in the future. If we give up at this point then we know nothing good is going to happen. If we act on the assumption that there’s a chance that something good may happen, then we have a possibility. Not a certainty, but a possibility. So I believe it’s useful, it’s pragmatic to be optimistic. But not only that, not simply an act of faith, but also because there is historical evidence for the fact that when people act, persist, get together, organize, they bring about changes. There haven’t been enough changes. So you can look at that and say, not enough. True. But the fact that some changes have been made. The fact that labor, by struggling, won the eight-hour day. The fact that blacks in the South did away with the signs of segregation. The fact that women changed the consciousness of this country about sexual equality. Even though those are only beginnings, that historical experience suggests reason to think it is possible that other things may change … “. (Read the whole very long interview on berkeley.edu).
Howard Zinn – USA
Kate Daniels interviews Howard Zinn, author of “Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics,” on “Sunday Morning Magazine”, July 09, 2006, at 5:30 a.m., on (US) KRWM-FM (106.9). (See on Radio: 60s rock powerhouse KJR-AM.
Howard Zinn (born August 24, 1922) is an American historian and political scientist. His philosophy incorporates ideas from Marxism, anarchism, socialism, and social democracy. Since the 1960s, he has been an important figure in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements in the United States. Author of 20 books, including the popular A People’s History of the United States, Zinn is Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University. For 50 years, he has campaigned against the killing of civilians in time of war. (Read more, and the rest of his biography, on wikipedia).
Howard Zinn is a historian and a playwright. He taught at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, then at Boston University. He was active in the civil rights movement, and in the movement against the Vietnam war. He has written many books, his best known being A People’s History of the United States. His most recent books include You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (a memori), The Zinn Reader, The Future of History (interviews with David Barsamian) and Marx in Soho (a play). (See all his commentaries on his personal Blog on ZNet).
1) His book ‘A People’s History of the United States‘:
Excerpt: … ‘Voices is the primary-source companion to Howard Zinn’s bestselling A People’s History of the United States. It features the words of rebels, dissenters and visionaries from our past (and present). Join us for an extraordinary event when these voices of struggle come alive’. (See all the long article on HowardZinn.org).
On this great national holiday, Howard Zinn has called for an end to flags. I’ll go him several further; I’ll extend that to all trappings of centralized government, including borders, countries and international relationships. It’s all of a piece; we can’t get rid of one without getting rid of all the rest. (Read the rest on dissidentvoice, July 4, 2006).
Excerpt: … We date our independence from July 4, 1776, because that was when we declared it to be so, not from when the British deigned to consent. And that has a real importance: we were a new nation, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” as President Lincoln put it four score and seven years later. We had declared ourselves to be a new nation, a new people; we were no longer Englishmen, we were Americans … (read all on RS redstate).
in spanish: Howard Zinn (New York, 1922) es uno de los principales académicos radicales de Estados Unidos. Entre sus muchos libros están la colección de ensayos The Politics of History (La política de la historia); sus memorias You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (No se puede ser neutral en un tren en movimiento); una antología de ensayos escritos para periódicos y revistas durante varios años titulada The Zinn Reader; y el más famoso de sus libros: A People’s History of the United States. También ha escrito teatro como Marx en el Soho que ahora tiene su estreno en Cuba. Sus piezas teatrales han sido exhibidas en varias ciudades de EE.UU. como Nueva York, y Boston, y también en Londres y Japón. (see cniae).