While clad in the rhetoric of equality, these latest pieces of legislation represent anything but. Instead, both the immigration and the ethnic studies laws themselves represent ethnic chauvinism by the Arizona state government.
In a 2008 interview, the progressive icon told me he believed that "the American people have the capacity to change the direction of our nation from being a military power to being a peaceful nation, using our enormous wealth for human needs."
Howard had the most developed sense of irony of anyone I've ever seen or read -- a quality that made him my all-time favorite historian. I know that I am not alone in saying that he is the reason I became one.
When looked at from below, rather than from the "great man" perspective, history shows that whenever change has happened, it has been through protest, dissent, and defiance from ordinary people who are struggling.