Howard Zinn

American historian, playwright, and socialist thinker

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian and professor from Brooklyn, New York. Zinn considered himself to be a radical.[1] 1980, he wrote A People's History of the United States, which is a book that tells the history of the United States from the perspective of common people instead of people who were in power. This included people who were oppressed.[2] As of the time of Zinn's death, the book had sold almost two million copies.[3]

Howard Zinn speaking in 2009

Zinn died of a heart attack while swimming on January 27, 2010 in Santa Monica, California, aged 87.


  1. "Op-Ed Columnist - A Radical Treasure -". Retrieved December 17, 2010.
  2. "A People's History of the United States". Retrieved December 17, 2010.
  3. "Howard Zinn, Historian, Dies at 87 - Obituary (Obit) -". Retrieved December 17, 2010.