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The Death Of An American Icon. January 28, 2010

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death, Politics and Society.
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Yesterday (Wednesday,) the day of President Obama’s first State of the Union address, saw the passing of a man who I consider to be one of the most important voices in the American Story.

Howard Zinn, father, educator, author and historian, died in California at the age of 89.

Dr. Zinn’s seminal work, A People’s History of The United States, earned him the respect and acclaim of social progressives the world over, and the unending ire of the power elite.  In it, he dared to challenge the history of America as written by the victors of our many conflicts, casting instead common people as heroes and telling the story from their points of view.

He was an early and forcefully vocal critic of the Viet Nam “Conflict,”  and in fact movingly posited that “There is no such thing as a just war.”

A professor of political science at Boston University since 1964, Zinn’s extensive body of writing, as well as his considerable library of lectures and interviews available through Alternative Radio.org, are eye-opening, thought provoking, and well worth seeking out for True Patriots with the courage to question the paradigms which have informed our ideas of politics and society since our earliest memories.

If there’s a Heaven, Howard Zinn is in it.  Few have done more to promote social justice and decry the horrors of war than this brave and brilliant man.

Good night, Howard.  A piece of my heart goes with you.


1. bobbie - January 28, 2010

A fitting tribute.

2. Suzi Riot - January 28, 2010

A great loss.

3. Kym - January 28, 2010

When my son told me disgustedly after being introduced to A People’s History that, “I already know all that stuff.” At first I was indignant. Then I realized what a tribute to Zinn that was. He has changed the way that history is taught to students from an early age. His book no longer is a revelation to young people because elementary and high school teachers are his disciples.

4. littlebangtheory - January 28, 2010

Kym, some elementary and high school teachers are his disciples – many, perhaps more, consider him a traitor and teach that America is God’s shining city, and the Earth is 6000 years old.

I’m pleased that your son had the benefit of having teachers of the former persuasion!

5. UM - January 28, 2010

Indeed, a tremendous loss…

P.S. What are you, a professional obituary writer? Come do my job!

6. Tengrain - January 29, 2010

I had a chance to meet HZ last year, he was so frail, and yet everything about him seemed so right. His mind was as sharp as a tack, but he did have to sit down frequently.

Meeting him was such a brief moment, but it is one I will remember, probably always. He was very kind and gentle. The person you saw on TV (when you would see him) was the way he was in real life. I don’t use the word gentleman very often, but he defined it for me.



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