The Legacy of Howard Zinn

The legendary activist, author, and historian wanted to be remembered for "introducing a different way of thinking about the world," and as "somebody who gave people a feeling of hope and power that they didn’t have before."
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Question: What do you want to be remembered for?

Howard Zinn: I guess if I want to be remembered for anything, it’s for introducing a different way of thinking about the world, about war, about human rights, about equality, for getting more and more people to think that way.

Also, for getting more people to realize that the power which rests so far in the hands of people with wealth and guns, that the power ultimately rests in people themselves and that they can use it. At certain points in history, they have used it. Black people in the South used it. People in the women’s movement used it. People in the anti-war movement used it. People in other countries who have overthrown tyrannies have used it.

I want to be remembered as somebody who gave people a feeling of hope and power that they didn’t have before.

 

Recorded on: July 5, 2008