Howard Zinn

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Birthday
24, 1922
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jan 27, 2010 (87)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
24, 1922
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jan 27, 2010 (87)

About

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.

Trivia

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.