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Howard Zinn.

Finishing School for Pickets; Learning Insubordination

Howard Zinn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Howard Zinn

With the dogwood on the Spelman College campus newly bloomed and the grass close-cropped and fragrant, an attractive, tawny-skinned girl crossed the lawn to her dormitory to put a notice on the bulletin board. It read: Young Ladies Who Can Picket Please Sign Below.

Five Years After: Long Live Howard Zinn

Bill Bigelow | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

It's always worth dipping into the vast archive of Zinn scholarship, but at a moment of increasing social activism and global tension, now is an especially good time to remember some of Howard Zinn's wisdom.

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

Fred Branfman, ¡Presente!

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
The Zinn Education Project

Fred Branfman, writer and peace activist, passed away on September 24, 2014, at the age of 72 in Budapest.

Students of Jefferson County Colorado Give the Nation a History Lesson

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Right-wing critics adhere to a rigid ideological script that has no room for student protest. Yet, along with the students, there are parents, teachers, and even the educators in charge of the AP curriculum who are saying history should never be sanitized.

A Vietnam Veteran Reflects on Memorial Day

Dave Stieber | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

War -- conflict resolution by violence. Memorial Day -- a day to remember those killed in wars. More than remembering, Memorial Day is reality for me. That reality began in 2003 and was amplified in 2013.

'Political Paralysis' From The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Paul Loeb

We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

Best Commencement Speech Ever for Environmental Hope?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Best Environmental Commencement Speech Ever?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Jon Ward

Mitch Daniels: I'm 'More Devoted To Academic Freedom' Than Critics In Howard Zinn Controversy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said Wednesday that when he ordered state education officials in 2010 to make sure Howard Zinn's h...

Grenada: 'A Lovely Little War'

Bill Bigelow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Unless teachers "teach outside the textbook," students won't learn about Grenada or about anything else that might call into question the U.S. authority to impose its will whenever it wishes. The specifics of the Grenada invasion are unique, but when students are encouraged to ask critical questions, they can recognize that intervention in Grenada is part of a pattern.

Obama's Inaction in Syria (Almost) Makes Me Wish I Had Supported McCain

Laura Merriman | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Laura Merriman

If we are to be a great country, we need people like Pt. Manning who will hold our military accountable. Pt. Manning is the type of principled, idealistic person I thought President Obama to be.

'You Failed to Break the Spirit of Bradley Manning': An Open Letter to President Obama

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

You have sought to make an example of Bradley Manning with categorical condemnation and harsh punishment. You seem not to grasp that he has indeed become an example -- an inspiring example of stellar courage and idealism

Mitch Daniels, Howard Zinn, and the Politics of History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Mitch Daniels's attempt to erase Zinn from the Indiana curriculum unveils him as an anti-intellectual who is clueless about the discipline of History as well as the historical profession.

Think Again: Indiana Is the Latest Skirmish in the Conservatives' War on Knowledge

Eric Alterman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

Although Daniels pledged himself to promote academic freedom when he was officially appointed to the Purdue presidency at the beginning of the year, recently released emails prove that as governor, he tried to ban the writings of Zinn from Indiana University's assigned reading lists.

Former GOP Gov Drawing Heavy Criticism In New Role

AP | TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dozens of Purdue University professors questioned their new school president's commitment to academic freedom Monday following the rel...

Mitch Daniels: I Just Wanted To Keep Kids From Reading Howard Zinn

AP | TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University President Mitch Daniels on Friday stood by his efforts to keep liberal historian Howard Zinn's work from bei...

Indiana's Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

Bill Bigelow | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

As someone who spent almost 30 years as a high school history teacher, I'm amused by the impoverished pedagogical vision embedded by Mitch Daniels.

Former Gov Slams 'Unfair And Erroneous' Claims

AP | TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels on Wednesday denied trying to quash academic freedom while serving as Indiana's governo...

10 Years After: How Not to Teach About the Iraq War

Bill Bigelow | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Bill Bigelow

At least in a formal sense, our country's memories of war are to be found in school history textbooks. Exactly a decade after the U.S. invasion, those texts are indeed sending "messages" to young people about the meaning of the U.S. war in Iraq.

Obama Oratory vs. Obama Reality

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Despite often nice-sounding rhetoric from the president, this administration has continued with a wide range of policies antithetical to progressive values.

Obama Asks America to Learn the Radical Lessons of Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In evoking the battles at Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall -- and in selecting Evers, Blanco, and Rev. Leon to participate in the ceremony -- Obama was reminding Americans that the progress toward a better society is made primarily by people working together through social movements.

Howard Zinn's Legacy

John Tirman | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
John Tirman

When Howard Zinn died two years ago, obituaries commonly focused on A People's History and his activism. But as Martin Duberman smartly lays out in his new biography about Zinn, his activism tended to overshadow his considerable intellectual achievements.

"You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train."

Steven Biel | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Steven Biel

After more than 1,000 signatures and a wave of media coverage, Gov. Markell came out against the rules, protecting drinking water for more than 15 million people. That's just the tip of the iceberg, and the movement is growing every day. So how is this different from Change.org?