A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES – HOWARD ZINN
“What struck me as I began to study history was how nationalist fervor–inculcated from childhood on by pledges of allegiance, national anthems, flags waving and rhetoric blowing–permeated the educational systems of all countries, including our own. I wonder now how the foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own. Then we could never drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, or napalm on Vietnam, or wage war anywhere, because wars, especially in our time, are always wars against children, indeed our children.”- Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn was an active anti-war voice following his disillusionment with warfare after flying bombers during the US bombings of Berlin, Czechloslovakia, Hungary and France in World War II. Using his GI benefits from his service he went to school for history and political science at NYU, Cornell and completed a post doctorate fellowship from Harvard. He taught Boston University where he retired after 24 years. Zinn passed away just over two years ago in January of 2010, aged 87 years.