Tuesday, February 2, 2010

How Did Howard Zinn Change the History of the United States?

On the next Your Call, we'll look back at the writing, activism, and life story of social historian Howard Zinn. His influential People's History of the United States sold over a million copies and is used in many history courses. What did his work mean to you? How did it change your perspective of history?

Join us live at 11 a.m. or send us an email at feedback@yourcall.org. How should Zinn's work influence the way history is taught in the future? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Daniel Ellsberg, an activist and political analyst. His leaking of the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times set in motion a chain of events that ended not only the Nixon presidency but the Vietnam War.

Ron Briley, a history teacher and assistant headmaster at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he has taught for over thirty years.

Olive Mitra, a humanities and English literature teacher at June Jordan School for Equity, a San Francisco public high school.

Click to Listen: How Did Howard Zinn Change the History of the United States?


Anonymous said...

Howard Zinn created a new norm for US historical research. But the public's conception of what history is is still deliberately shaped by the fawning attention given to Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin and other proponents of the Great Man methodology. In the spirit of Zinn, historians now should be, for example, explaning the peoples' history of American populism without making Huey Long and William Jennings Bryan the beginning and end of the story. In passing--during Black History Minth-- should praise the peoples' historical research that has shed light on why radical reconstruction failed and the 'Great Man', Jim Crow, prevailed for 100 years

Anonymous said...

Howard Zinn's biggest compromise:
Historian Howard Zinn: 9/11 Truth Is For "Fanatics", Has "No Practical Political Significance"

Zinn Education Project said...

As mentioned in the show, readers/listeners can find out more about Zinn and using his materials in the classroom through the Zinn Education Project (Zinn Education Project).
We hope to hear from teachers that have been touched by Howard's work (please visit us here to Tell Us Your Story).
Thank you for the stellar radio program!