Written by Toné Mendoza, Diversity Specialist Librarian
Howard Zinn was known as a liberal American historian, playwright, and activist. To find Zinn, his famous book A People’s History of the United States, and other related works search the Calvin T. Ryan online catalog (for example, input his name in the form at the bottom of the library home page).
Zinn’s work can also be heard in 53 segments on YouTube, read by Matt Damon. This controversial historian/teacher spent his life challenging ideas, such as the memory of state as being truly reflective of the people’s memory, the notion of an American Empire, and the open and hidden values promoted by American political policymakers.
Recent additions to the library’s collections related to Zinn and his work include the book Voices of a people’s history of the United States, which is the source book for the documentary The People Speak, two copies of which make up part of the library’s DVD collection. The cd soundtrack for the documentary is also included in the library’s collections.
See the following UNK library resources for more information about Howard Zinn and his controversial and literary works:
- A brief biography of Howard Zinn in Biography Reference Bank (note the translation and audio tools available here).
- Read or listen to a brief summary and suggested readings in Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center by Howard Zinn and Ben Shapiro on the topic of American Nationalism.
- A brief biography and bibliography of writings, criticisms and biographies about Howard Zinn, featured in Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.