Celebrate 100 Years of Howard Zinn with Books

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth on August 24, 1922, in Brooklyn.

At Teaching for Change, our work has and continues to be informed by Zinn’s scholarship in many ways. Zinn was an advisor for the first edition of our book, Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching. Along with Rethinking Schools, we have coordinated the Zinn Education Project since 2008.

Although Howard died in 2010, his work continues to inform and inspire educators around the world. His most popular book, A People’s History of the United States, has sold close to 4 million copies.

While Zinn’s essays on the Civil Rights Movement and war are well known, his writing about prisons gets less attention, reflecting the invisibility of mass incarceration in this country. During this anniversary year, we are shining a light on Zinn’s extensive, decades-long correspondence with prisoners and his belief that prisons should be abolished. Here are quotes, essays, correspondence, and articles.

Below find booklists to help young people — and adults — learn people’s history and be inspired to be active members of their communities.

Young Readers’ Editions

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Books by Howard Zinn

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Free “Read Zinn” Bookmarks and Buttons

Publishers Beacon PressHaymarket BooksThe New Press, and Seven Stories are offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons to institutions, schools, libraries, and bookstores.

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Your purchase of books and gift cards through our Social Justice Books Booklists via Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores (instead of Amazon) and a small percentage from book sales goes to Teaching for Change to sustain Social Justice Books reviews and outreach.

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