Passionate Declarations Essays on War and Justice

ISBN-10: 0060557672
ISBN-13: 9780060557676
Edition: 2003
Authors: Howard Zinn
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

A committed radical historian and activist, Howard Zinn approaches the study of the past from the point of view of those whom he feels have been exploited by the powerful. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. After working in local shipyards during his teens, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, where he saw combat as a bombardier in World War II. He received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1958 and was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard University. While teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Zinn joined the civil rights movement and wrote The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). He also became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, writing Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and visiting Hanoi to receive the first American prisoners released by the North Vietnamese. Zinn's best-known and most-praised work, as well as his most controversial, is A People's History of the United States (1980). It explores American history under the thesis that most historians have favored those in power, leaving another story untold. Zinn discusses such topics as Native American views of Columbus and the socialist and anarchist opposition to World War I in examining his theory that historical change is most often due to "mass movements of ordinary people." Zinn's other books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1995) and Artists in Times of War (2004). He has also written the plays Emma (1976), Daughter of Venus (1985), and Marx in Soho (1999).

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: American Ideology
Machiavellian Realism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Means and Ends
Violence and Human Nature
The Use and Abuse of History
Just and Unjust War
Law and Justice
Economic Justice: The American Class System
Free Speech: Second Thoughts on the First Amendment
Representative Government: The Black Experience
Communism and Anti-communism
The Ultimate Power
Notes
Index

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