Alternative Radio on 08/10/10

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 08/10/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Legacy of Columbus

Howard Zinn speaks on "1492-1992: The Legacy of Columbus"

For as long as many of us can remember Christopher Columbus represented the best in Western civilization. We were regaled with stories of his bravery and genius. Textbooks praised his seamanship. He was the discoverer par excellence. There were parades and holidays. Now, with the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the Western Hemisphere, a much more critical and realistic view of the Italian-born Spanish explorer is emerging. Howard Zinn chips at and strips away some of the myths of the Columbus legend.

Where recorded: Madison, WI Date recorded: 9 Oct 1991

 


Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, was perhaps this country's premier radical historian. He was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His parents, poor immigrants, were constantly moving to stay, as he once told me," one step ahead of the landlord." After high school, he went to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He taught at Spelman, the all black women's college in Atlanta. He was an active figure in the civil rights movement and served on the board of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was fired by Spelman for his activism. He was among the first to oppose U.S. aggression in Indochina. His book "Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal" was an instant classic. A principled opponent of imperialism and militarism, he was an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience. He spoke and marched against the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. His masterpiece, "A People's History of the United States," continues to sell in huge numbers. Among his many books are "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress" and "Original Zinn." Just before his death he completed his last great project, the documentary "The People Speak." Always ready to lend a hand, he believed in and practiced solidarity. Witty, erudite, generous and loved by many the world over, Howard Zinn, friend and teacher, passed away on January 27, 2010. He would say, Don't mourn. Get active. The struggle for peace and justice continues.

 

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