The People’s Historian

7 Oct

The tax man give them the key to the land
And they wonder why there’s nothing left…
Fortunate Son -Wyclef Jean

Howard Zinn has been much on my mind. Had Howard lived past the deeply debilitating drain of his cherished Roz’s death, not to mention (though he was ever a positive activist) the profoundly dark turn that America has taken in the past generation, which was as toxic a condition as any malicious microbe or organic failure, witnessing the Occupy Wall Street Movement would no doubt have added years to his full and useful life.

In case you have not read Zinn’s (a failure that could disqualify you from membership in my fan club) magnum opus A People’s History of The United States, there are now available accessible pathways to his readable but admittedly lengthy survey of American History—The People Speak which are dramatic readings by Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Kerry Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Bruce Springsteen, and John Legend of the words of dissenters such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Eugene Debs,Billie Holiday and Martin Luther King Jr:

Or you could have a look at a number of the conversations I had with Howard in the past 10 years 2001 , 2003 and 2008

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” Howard Zinn

Currently reading, The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India by Siddhartha Deb (FSG)

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