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In 2008, the Zinn Education Project was launched to promote and support the use of A People's History of the United States (and other materials) for teaching in middle and high school classrooms across the U.S. The goal of the project is to give American students Zinn's version of U.S. history. With funds from an anonymous donor who had been a student of Zinn's, the project began by distributing 4,000 packets to teachers in all states and territories. The project now offers teaching guides and bibliographies that can be freely downloaded.
I don't want to invent victories for people's movements. But to think that history-writing must aimsimply to recapitulate the failures that dominate the past is to make historians collaborators in anendless cycle of defeat. If history is to be creative, to anticipate a possible future without denyingthe past, it should, I believe, emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of thepast when, even if in brief flashes, people showed their ability to resist, to join together,occasionally to win. I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in thepast's fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.
historian and political scientist. Zinn is the author of 20 books. His philosophy incorporates ideas from Marxism, anarchism, socialism, and social democracy.While most historians study the role of great men in affecting history, Zinn chronicles history from the bottom up, from the street, the home, and the workplace. His signature work, A People's History Of the United States, is told from the viewpoint of-and in the words of-its women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. In his contribution to a balanced understanding of history, Zinn describes how many of the country's greatest internal battles-for labor laws, women's rights and racial equality-were carried out at the grassroots level, against steel-willed resistance. It is "a history written from the standpoint of those who have been marginalized politically and economically and whose struggles have been largely omitted from most histories." A bombardier in World War II, Zinn summarized the outcome of that war: "The victors (of World War II) were the Soviet Union and the United States... . Both these countries now went to work- without swastikas, goose-stepping, or officially declared racism, but under the cover of "socialism" on one side, and "democracy" on the other, to carve out their own empires of influence. They proceeded to share and contest with one another the domination of the world, to build military machines far greater than the Fascist countries had built, to control the destinies of more countries than Hitler, Mussolini, and Japan had been able to do. They also acted to control their own populations, each country with its own techniques-crude in the Soviet Union, sophisticated in the United States-to make their rule secure." In Declarations Of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology, Zinn wrote, that it is impossible for a historian to be neutral. "In a world already moving in certain directions, where wealth and power are already distributed in certain ways, neutrality means accepting the way things are now. It is a world of clashing interests-war against peace, nationalism against internationalism, equality against greed, and democracy against elitism- and it seems to me both impossible and undesirable to be neutral in those conflicts. I do not claim to be neutral, nor do I want to be... . I will try to be fair to opposing ideas by accurately representing them."Not one to record history from the top down or through the eyes and actions of politicians and magnates, Zinn presents the viewpoint of ordinary people engaged in actions to improve the quality of their lives. He taps into the vein of forgotten and overlooked stories but emphasizes, "We are not starting from scratch. There is