Friday, January 29, 2010

Howard Zinn joins the pages of history at 89

‘A People’s History’ author passes away

Howard Zinn From Wikimedia Commons

Recently, one of the giants of the study of history passed away at the age of 89, from heart failure.  Howard Zinn was an academic giant, and many praised him as a revolutionary, others decrying him as being ‘Anti-American’ along with other pejoratives for his take on American history.  He published numerous works, including plays that won great acclaim, and historical books, including the seminal work ‘A People’s History of the United States’ which cast a light on the American past that was provocative and illuminating, winning plaudits and criticism.  The book won’t cost you even a payday loans worth - it goes for less than $30 - but it’s worth reading, to say the least.

Humble beginnings

Zinn was born in 1922, to Jewish parents who had emigrated from Europe.  He joined the Army Air Corps in World War 2, serving as a bombardier.  After the war, he attended college on the GI Bill, attaining his Bachelor’s from New York University in 1951, and Masters’ and a PhD from Columbia.  He wrote his dissertation on Fiorello LaGuardia, the legislator and Mayor of New York City, entitled LaGuardia in Congress, which won the Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association. … click here to read the rest of the article titled “Howard Zinn joins the pages of history at 89



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