"To criticize the government is the highest act of patriotism." —Howard Zinn
Who needs Trump's 1776 Commission? Certainly not us. Students deserve more than nationalist propaganda. They deserve to learn a complete history of the United States of the people and for the people.
To teach a people’s history is to consider the historical perspective of the marginalized and the oppressed. It is to acknowledge the historical impact of people from all backgrounds; to share the groundbreaking cultural and political contributions of everyday people, not just the stories promoted by (and beneficial to) those in power.
NO to authoritarianism
NO to nationalist propaganda
NO to the 1776 Commission.
Born August 24, 1922, visionary historian, activist, and professor HOWARD ZINN’s great subject isn’t war, but peace. His experience as a bombardier in World War II strengthened his convinction that there is no such thing as a “just war," which formed the basis for his activism for the rest of his life. In all of his books, including A People’s History of the United States and its companion volume, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, Zinn affirms the power of the people to control their own destiny and shape the course of history through direct action. Through a lifetime of pointed scholarship and principled civil disobedience, he has led and continues to lead generations in fighting for social justice.