Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, and socialist thinker. He was chair of the history and social sciences department at Spelman College, and a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote over 20 books, including his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States.
Zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist."
He wrote extensively about the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement and employment history of the United States. His memoir is called You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
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