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“I don’t want to invent victories for people’s movements. But to think that history-writing must aim simply to recapitulate the failures that dominate the past is to make historians collaborators in an endless cycle of defeat. 87 more words


Should Historians Influence Present-Day Politics?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Gordon Wood’s ideas on the differences between history and political theory. In his book The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History… 979 more words


The conquest of the Americas

This morning, I came across an essay by Howard Zinn, the famous historian and activist (now deceased), on the real historical Christopher Columbus.  I suspect Zinn’s portrayal of events was a bit one sided (I doubt the Native Americans were quite the lambs that he portrayed), but he probably overcompensated to some extent for the version we learned in grade school being far too one sided in the other direction, for it essentially being whitewashed. 466 more words


Last Week Tonight On Columbus Day

The always brilliant John Oliver show Last Week Tonight on Columbus Day.  I remember reading in Howard Zinn’s The People’s History of the United States  14 more words

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Thank you Howard Zinn

Thanks to the great Howard Zinn (and no thanks to my grade school teachers) I was disillusioned of Christopher Columbus before I left my twenties. 193 more words

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When I entered my sophomore year history class, my teacher assigned us our first reading material: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.  202 more words