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Historian Howard Zinn dead at 87

A photo of Howard Zinn at Emerson college in 2008
A photo of Howard Zinn at Emerson college in 2008
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


  • Levi 6 years ago

    Great articles.

  • Greg 6 years ago

    Boston University not Boston College

  • owenband 6 years ago

    I just read your piece on Howard Zinn. I knew Howard for
    over thirty years. And I thought you would want to know he
    was a Professor at Boston University, not Boston College.

    Professor Zinn's classes were the most sought after on
    campus. By the time I arrived there in 1975, a rule was passed that freshman and sophomores could not enroll in his courses.
    One reason for his popularity was the fact that he did not
    believe in grades and gave everybody A's. The other reason
    was that he was a great teacher-passionate, knowledgeable
    and willing to accept various points of view.

    Howard sat on my thesis panel. And, this past year, I had the
    opportunity to visit with him and discuss a section of the memoir
    that I am currently working on.What I learned from him about
    U.S. history and life, will always be with me. Howard will be sorely missed.

  • carliejwagner 6 years ago

    Thanks for the correction. Owenband, thank you very much for sharing your experience. I can only imagine how great it would have been to be able to have worked so closely with him. It seems very apropo that he wouldn't believe in grades but it definitely made me chuckle to hear. I read A People's History right after graduating from high school and it nearly single-handedly led to my degree in American Studies. I don't think that I wrote a paper in my entire undergraduate career without citing Zinn somewhere. He definitely continues to influenced my education as I always tend to try to research the untold story.

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