Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Howard Zinn, we already miss you

Howard Zinn passed away earlier today in Santa Monica, California. He was certainly the greatest US historian of the 20th century. Noam Chomsky had this to say:

He's made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture. He's changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can't think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect. [His writings] simply changed perspective and understanding for a whole generation. He opened up approaches to history that were novel and highly significant. Both by his actions, and his writings for 50 years, he played a powerful role in helping and in many ways inspiring the Civil rights movement and the anti-war movement.
 Fortunately he left us thousands of pages to keep informing and inspiring us.

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