IN MEMORIAM: HOWARD ZINN
I encourage you to follow through and view the linked interview.
As I suggest in closing below: Those among us who find our spirit of “rebellion” rising, our greater understanding blossoming, need to arm ourselves with information, with historical understanding, with knowledge of who we are, what we are “all about” – individually, and collectively – nationally, and globally.
Specific to the United States, we could do not better than to explore Howard Zinn’s work.
Howard Zinn died Jan 27th, 2010, at age 87. An American social/political historian after his young adult WWII pilot’s service. His most famous book: A People’s History of The United States is the foundation for the History Channel’s The People Speak program, premiered December 13, 2009.
“My last thought is that Zinn’s actions and words can be a lesson to us to be like him, to never give up fighting for our ideals. “Small actions, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.” excerpt, Chomsky on Zinn; Dave Semple’s blog “When Cowards Flinch”.
To “meet” Zinn, to hear a bit about his work from Zinn himself, and to catch glimpses of the History Channel program, see this late December 2009 interview with Zinn : http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/12112009/watch2.html . (15-20 min?)
This man’s voice is now stilled. His unending celebration of the American spirit as found in ordinary Americans, his relentless encouragement to ordinary Americans to remember, and follow, this spirit, is perfect for us to know and realize at this very time.
Informed citizens, presently “growing” a populist uprising, should know Zinn’s voice, should know of ordinary citizen wisdom and courage in our history.
My Best! —MaggieAnn