Essay Howard Zinn And The New Abolitionists

1028 Words Aug 7th, 2016 5 Pages
The author of A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn was born in 1922 and grew in Brooklyn. By 18 he became a shipyard worker and a few years later joined the air force where he flew bomber missions during World War II. It was these years that created Zinn’s opposition for war and passion for history. He was a professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, but got fired because he supported student protesters. Zinn ended up different places such as imprisonment for civil disobedience and fights for open debates in universities because he was so politically engaged. The many professions of Howard Zinn were historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist. He wrote numerous plays and authored dozens of books, including Marx in Soho, Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal, Declarations of Independence, and SNCC: The New Abolitionists.
Initially published in 1980, A People’s History of the United States is known for its contentious ideals about the U.S and how it became the place it is today. The book was written to retell the story of the U.S not as narrative from the “states”, but from various points of view of “the people”, such as America’s women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, poor workers, and immigrant laborers. The book begins with Christopher Columbus in 1492 and goes through several time periods, including: colonization (1492-1764), revolution and constitution (176-1799), early 19th century (1800 – 1849), Civil War era (1850 –…

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