Howard Zinn on Making History
Pathbreaking historian and political activist Howard Zinn talks to Judith Orr about his life, war, class politics and taking sides.
Can I take you back to your memories of childhood in Brooklyn?
This was the 1930s during the depression.
My father and mother were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. My father was from the Austro-Hungarian empire, my mother from Siberia.
They came to the US and worked in factories, met one another and got married.
By the 1930s when I was growing up we were living in one tenement after another, barely able to pay the rent and therefore having to move from one place to another.
My father worked as a waiter and my mother had to care for four boys.
Our lives were mostly in the street, because home was not a pleasant place to be.
Very often we lived in what were called cold-water flats where there was no hot water; you had to create your own heat; it was very much like Third World countries today.
So I grew up with a consciousness of poverty and working class neighbourhoods.
See also here.
Howard Zinn on TV: A Review, here.
Documents on CIA crimes in the Cold War: here.
Studs Terkel interview: here.