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Howard Zinn – Second Thoughts on the First Amendment

Howard Zinn – Second Thoughts on the First Amendment

Length: 0:57:01
Uploaded: 8 Aug, 2022

Recording Date: 25 Oct, 1989
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Language: English
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Program Title: Howard Zinn – Second Thoughts on the First Amendment
Description: “Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.” There it is. Plain and simple. The First Amendment to the Constitution. But since 9/11 that amendment has been under sustained attack. Whistleblowers John Kiriakou, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and others are hounded, threatened and imprisoned by the U.S. government. A fascinating and compelling account of past and present efforts to secure and expand political and social rights for workers, women and African-Americans. A classic Zinn from our archives.

This program is part of AR's Zinn Centenary Celebration. Throughout August we'll be featuring some of his most memorable lectures.

Featured Speakers/Guests: Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, was perhaps this country’s premier radical historian. He was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His parents, poor immigrants, were constantly moving to stay, as he once told me, “one step ahead of the landlord.” After high school, he went to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He taught at Spelman, the all-black women’s college in Atlanta. He was an active figure in the civil rights movement and served on the board of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was fired by Spelman for his activism. He was among the first to oppose U.S. aggression in Indochina. A principled opponent of imperialism and militarism, he was an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience. He spoke and marched against the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His masterpiece, A People’s History of the United States, continues to sell in huge numbers. Always ready to lend a hand, he believed in and practiced solidarity. Witty, erudite, generous and loved by many the world over, Howard Zinn, friend and teacher, passed away in 2010. He would say, Don’t mourn. Get active. The struggle for peace and justice continues.



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