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Howard Zinn on Race is Zinns choice of the shorter writings and speeches that best reflect his views on Americas most taboo topic. As chairman of the history department at all black womens 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 governments 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 Zinns 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.

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This selection of writings and interviews by and with Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, deals with race in the United States and the Civil Rights Movement. Zinn was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement beginning in 1956, was part of the history department at Spelman College, and was ultimately dismissed from the college staff due to his activism. His many years of experience as an activist and scholar are represented here in this important collection providing the general reader and those engaged in race studies valuable information and perspectives on one of America's greatest social struggles. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

HOWARD ZINN, Americas most popular historian, has introduced four generations of Americans to his views on democracy, civil disobedience, history, and war. Zinns books have sold over two million copies and, in 2009, a film based on two of his books, The People Speak, aired on national television, bringing his vision to millions more. Zinn died at 87 in 2010, but his books, ideas, and activism live on.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Cornel West

1. The Southern Mystique (1963)

2. A Quiet Case of Social Change (1959)

3. Finishing School for Pickets (1960)

4. Out of the Sit-ins (1968)

5. Kennedy: The Reluctant Emancipator (1962)

6. Alabama: Freedom Day in Selma (1968)

7. Mississippi: Hattiesburg (1968)

8. The Selma to Montgomery March (1965)

9. Abolitionists, Freedom Riders and the Tactics of Agitation (1965)

10. Solving the Race Problem (1973)

11.When Will the Long Feud End? (1975)

12. Academic Freedom: Collaboration and Resistance (1982)

13. No Human Being is Illegal (2006)

14. Zinn Speaks (2008)

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Zinn, Howard
Seven Stories Press
West, Cornel
United States - General
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
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