The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy

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Seven Stories Press, 1997 - Political Science - 668 pages
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No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. His A People's History of the United States has gone into more than 25 printings and sold over 400,000 copies. It is rare that a historian of the Left has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his beautiful writing style from being anything but direct, forthright, and accessible. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic justice, or history itself, each of his works serves as a reminder that to embrace one's subjectivity can mean embracing one's humanity, that heart and mind can speak with one voice.
The Zinn Reader represents the first time Zinn has attempted to present the depth, and breadth, of his concerns in one volume. The result is a big book, and a monumental book, one that will remain, alongside A People's History of the United States, as an essential and necessary Zinn text.
 

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Historian, leftist activist, author of the popular People's History of the United States (New Pr., 1995) and other works of history, politics, and drama, retired professor Zinn has compiled 61 ... Read full review

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Contents

The Southern Mystique from The American Scholar The Southern Mystique
23
A Quiet Case of Social Change from The Crisis
31
Finishing School for Pickets from The Nation
40
Out of the Sitins from SNCC The New Abolitionists
47
Kennedy The Reluctant Emancipator from The Nation
67
Alabama Freedom Day in Selma from SNCC The New Abolitionists
75
Mississippi Hattiesburg from SNCC The New Abolitionists
91
The Selma to Montgomery March from The Nation
108
The Problem is Civil Obedience from Violence The Crisis of American Confidence
403
The Bill of Rights from Failure to Quit
412
Testifying at the Ellsberg Trial from The Real Paper
420
Amazing Grace The Movement Wins in Camden from Liberation
427
Punishment from Justice in Everyday Life
433
Attica from The Saturday Review
444
The Biggest Secret from the Boston Globe
449
Where to Look for a Communist from Newsday Z Magazine
452

Abolitionists Freedom Riders and the Tactics of Agitation from The AntiSlavery Vanguard The Columbia University Forum
112
When Will the Long Feud End? from the Boston Globe
139
Growing Up ClassConscious from You Cant Be Neutral on a Moving Train
145
LaGuardia in the Jazz Age from The Politics of History
163
The Wobbly Spirit from The Nation
177
The Ludlow Massacre from The Politics of History
183
The Limits of the New Deal from New Deal Thought
203
Who Owns the Sun? from the Boston Globe
220
The Secret Word from the Boston Globe
223
Just and Unjust War from Declarations of Independence
229
The Bombing of Royan from The Politics of History
267
Vietnam A Matter of Perspective from Vietnam The Logic of Withdrawal
281
Of Fish and Fishermen from Ramparts Vietnam The Logic of Withdrawal
289
A Speech for LBJ from Vietnam The Logic of Withdrawal
296
Dow Shalt Not Kill from The New South Student
302
Aggressive Liberalism from The Politics of History
309
The Curious Chronology of the Mayaguez Incident from the Boston Globe
322
The CIA Rockefeller and the Boys in the Club from the Boston Globe
325
Whom Will We Honor Memorial Day? from the Boston Globe
328
What Did Richard Nixon Learn? from the Capital Times Madison Wisconsin
331
Machiavellian Realism and US Foreign Policy Means and Ends from Declarations of Independence
336
Terrorism Over Tripoli from Failure to Quit
360
Law and Justice from Declarations of Independence
367
Plato Fallen Idol from Z Magazine Failure to Quit
457
Upton Sinclair and Sacco Vanzetti Introduction to Boston
462
Columbus and Western Civilization from Open Magazine Pamphlet Series
479
The Uses of Scholarship from The Saturday Review The Politics of History
499
Historian as Citizen from the New York Times Book Review
509
Secrecy Archives and the Public Interest from The Midwestern Archivist
516
Freedom Schools from The Nation
529
The New History from the Boston Globe
540
A University Should Not Be a Democracy from The Progessive
543
The Marines and the University from the Boston Phoenix
554
How Free Is Higher Education? From Failure to Quit
567
Je Ne Suis Pas Marxiste from Z Magazine Failure to Quit
574
Jack Londons The Iron Heel Introduction to The Iron Heel
579
Discovering John Reed from the Boston Globe
586
Violence and Human Nature from Declarations of Independence
595
NonViolent Direct Action from the American Journal of OrthoPsychiatry
612
The New Radicalism from The New Left
620
The Spirit of Rebellion from the Boston Globe
633
Beyond Voting from the Boston Globe
636
The Optimism of Uncertainty from Failure to Quit
638
Anarchism Introduction to Herbert Reads Anarchy Order
643
Failure to Quit from Failure to Quit
655
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The visionary historical work of professor and activist HOWARD ZINN (1922–2010) is widely considered one of the most important and influential of our era. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, Zinn became convinced that there could no longer be such a thing as a “just war,” because the vast majority of victims in modern warfare are, increasingly, innocent civilians. In his books, including A People’s History of the United States, its companion volumeVoices of a People’s History of the United States, and countless other titles, Zinn affirms the power of the people to influence the course of events.

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