Talk:Howard Zinn

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What's the meaning of "does not incorporate the newer theories of history", in reference to Zinn's People's History of the United States? I'm not disputing that there are "newer theories of history"; I'm wondering which specific theories it doesn't incorporate. I'm confident Zinn would assert it does contain newer theories and would probably say that's the entire point of the book. ArthurA 09:05, 23 March 2009 (EDT)

Zinn is stuck in 1950, methodologically, and does not appreciate the scholarship of the last 4 decades in the "new" intellectual, political, economic, diplomatic, military, cultural or social history. His "newest" ideas is that workers--and also blacks, Indians, and women--are victims of capitalism, a stock notion of the 1930s regarding workers. RJJensen 09:33, 23 March 2009 (EDT)
Thanks for the clarification. I'm making a minor edit to your update to the page, but that's purely to make what I think is better phrasing. Incidentally, I've read People's History -- its provocative, as was its intention, but its ultimately foolishness. ArthurA 10:28, 23 March 2009 (EDT)
thanks for the stimulus. :) RJJensen 10:37, 23 March 2009 (EDT)

When will we stop belive the people eho openly have a bias and acualy listen to those with facts, while I guese it is easyer to listen to someone who lays hisotry out in a nice picurte which balme our parents parents for all problems, as for me I'll listen to the truth.-jowns

Academic credentials

Is he an historian?

Or just a crank? --Ed Poor Talk 18:09, 10 August 2010 (EDT)

FBI ext link says 'Radical Historian'--Jpatt 18:13, 10 August 2010 (EDT)

Native American?

Zinn was a Native American, if I'm not mistaken. For that reason, I find his work interesting. It's a tragedy his brain was hijacked by the Communist party, and that brainwashing obliterates much of his point of view and legacy. In that sense, Zinn is more of a tragic figure than an authority on American history. RobSDe Plorabus Unum 18:11, 14 September 2019 (EDT)