Thursday, January 28, 2010

Goodbye Howard

Howard Zinn, passed away yesterday. In his life he was an author, teacher and political activist who's famous book "A People's History of the United States" gave us all the ugly bits of our history that are left out of our textbooks. It's selective in the same way that are elementary history books are selective, but from the opposite perspective, and it was done to make a point; that history is very complex and that people should never buy into the illusion that the world is black and white, that events have to be seen as either right or wrong. He reminds us of the grey areas, that America isn't perfect, and that without awareness we are blind. Among other things, he was trying to fight against that old saying "history is doomed to repeat itself". A noble fight.  

If you have Netflix, there's a Howard Zinn documentary that's pretty good available for instant watch here

and here's a preview of the doc:

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