Howard Zinn


Birthday August 24, 1922

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace New York

DEATH DATE Jan 27, 2010 (87)

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Perhaps most famous for his bestselling work A People's History of the United States (1980), this writer, historian, activist, and professor also penned several historically-themed plays, including Emma (1976) and Marx in Soho (1999).

Before Fame

After fighting in World War II as a bombadier with the U.S. Army Air Forces, he studied at New York University under the GI Bill and went on to earn a doctorate in history from Columbia University.


Following teaching assignments at Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia), the University of Bologna, and the University of Paris, he became a popular political science and civil liberties professor at Boston University.

Family Life

The son of a Siberian-born mother and an Austrian and Hungarian father, Zinn grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His more than six-decade marriage to Roslyn Shechter resulted in children named Jeff and Myla.

Associated With

He and religious leader and fellow anti-war activist Daniel Berrigan traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam in early 1968 and successfully negotiated the release of three American POWs.