Friday, January 29, 2010

The Day After Howard's End

Related: Zinn is History

Wow, Globe moved him back to the right-hand corner of page B13.

Ah, the layering of the controlled opposition and all its facets in the newspapers.

"Day after Zinn’s death, a look at book’s impact" by Tracy Jan, Globe Staff | January 29, 2010

It’s one of the best-selling history books, a controversial tome that ignited the political consciousness of generations of young people. Taught in high schools across the nation and in some college survey courses, Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States’’ offers an activist’s perspective on history, from the founding of America to the war on terrorism.

A day after Zinn’s death Wednesday at age 87, local scholars, high school history teachers, and Zinn’s former students credited the revolutionary book with legitimizing to the greater public the experiences of people whose stories previously had not been told, including women, laborers, Native Americans, and other minorities.


Of course, the ISSUE is MUCH MORE COMPLICATED than that and NONE of these groups' experiences should be ignored; however, Zinn's failure to recognize the true power structure in his books bothered me. Good work and important contributions, but not the last word.

“Howard’s book really causes us to recognize the darker side of American history, of slavery and the oppression of labor movements,’’ said William Keylor, a history professor at Boston University, where Zinn taught political science for more than two decades. “It really is a corrective to the standard orthodox story of America.’’

To a certain degree, yeah.

Again, he doesn't take that last step.


Who did 9/11 is not important?

Zinn looked at American history from the perspective of the underprivileged, the oppressed, those left out of the standard narrative, Keylor said; he was someone who saw history as focusing too much on the political and socioeconomic elite. Like many historians, though, Keylor said he does not fully ascribe to Zinn’s overly critical interpretation of history. “It certainly does not present a kind of balanced evenhanded interpretation of American history, because he’s really trying to focus on the negative side,’’ he said. “His scholarship was part of his activism.’’

And therefore, not fully credible; however, we can shove Zionist propaganda down your throats through the state school system of Amerika and no problem.

That's one of the toughest and most hurtful betrayals for me: a history graduate who was lied to the whole time.

Educators say the point of view and moral fervor of the book helps to capture the attention of high school students, many of whom had been fed a sanitized version of American history in their primary school years.

And longer. Even COLLEGE was CRAP!

What a waste of time and money!

“Teachers would assign that, and it would open kids’ eyes,’’ said Alex Keyssar, a history and social policy professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Hey, kids, ASK your PHYSICS PROFESSORS how it is possible for buildings to fall down at free-fall speed because of fire. Then watch the professor OPEN HIS EYES WIDE before MUMBLING SOME BS!

“He was offering this durable counter-narrative of American history that got read in all sorts of quarters.’’

Again, I don't want to knock his work too much. Important contributions, yeah; a demi-God? No f***ing way!

The book made an appearance in the movie “Good Will Hunting,’’ when Matt Damon’s character gave a plug to Zinn, Damon’s longtime family friend.


Yeah, he was validated by Hollywood so he must be good!

It is a scene that Elizabeth Kline, who was a student of Zinn’s at BU in the mid-1960s, relishes.

“Howard Zinn was really the person who brought the real world into education,’’ said Kline, who lives in Cambridge. “He has changed my life.’’

Knowing the truth about 9/11 changed mine.


Related: Zinn: Don’t mourn, organize!

Oh, now the Globe is endorsing him!