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Howard Zinn on Race by Howard Zinn
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Howard Zinn on Race

by Howard Zinn

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This inspiring collection of Zinn's articles and speeches from his days as a participant in the Civil Rights movement is a must-read for activists of today.

As ever, Zinn inspires, clarifies and enlightens with his insight and keen eye for injustice. As the Occupy movements have spread around the world in the past year, it's more vital than ever that activists learn about the radical past in the United States - something that comes so vividly to life in Zinn's anecdotes from a previous radical period in US history.

This should be in every OWS participant and supporter's library. ( )
  twp77 | Jan 1, 2012 |
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"Howard Zinn on Race is Zinn's choice of the shorter writings and speeches that best reflect his views on America's most taboo topic. As chairman of the history department at all black women's Spelman College, Zinn was an outspoken supporter of student activists in the nascent civil rights movement. In "The Southern Mystique," he tells of how he was asked to leave Spelman in 1963 after teaching there for seven years. "Behind every one of the national government's moves toward racial equality," writes Zinn in one 1965 essay, "lies the sweat and effort of boycotts, picketing, beatings, sit-ins, and mass demonstrations." He firmly believed that bringing people of different races and nationalities together would create a more compassionate world, where equality is a given and not merely a dream. These writings, which span decades, express Zinn's steadfast belief that the people have the power to change the status quo, if they only work together and embrace the nearly forgotten American tradition of civil disobedience and revolution. In clear, compassionate, and present prose, Zinn gives us his thoughts on the Abolitionists, the march from Selma to Montgomery, John F. Kennedy, picketing, sit-ins, and, finally, the message he wanted to send to New York University students about race in a speech he delivered during the last week of his life"--… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Seven Stories Press.

Editions: 1609801342, 1609803345

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