Howard Zinn has written some of the most twisted history around.
He is quite popular in schools now, because of the bizarre tendencies of modern colleges to be Marxist. Many teachers assign his works as supplemental reading. They are making their students infinitely stupider.
His books are almost indistinguishable from Soviet histories of the United States. And the intent of the Soviet books, of course, was to propagandize against America in the worst way.
I’ve read his books. They are, in fact, garbage. He is nothing more than a crude propagandist. His works are not histories; they are exercise in the telling of half-truths. For example, I remember reading about a conflict that took place between Chinese immigrants and the Americans that worked on the railroads out west. Zinn pretended it was purely a racial thing. The whites hated the Chinese because they were of another race. At least that was his story. But in fact, the Chinese were undercutting the Irish and working longer hours for much less money. As a result, the UNIONS started a program to drive the Chinese out.
But of course, Zinn, the leftist, could never say that unions did bad things. So he simply omitted facts, and told his untrue stories. He said it was all about racist hatred. Leftists constantly complain about the Chinese exclusion acts that were passed; they forget to tell you that it was almost exclusively due to union pressure that the acts were passed.
In his version, it sounds like the Japanese were justified to attack Pearl Harbor, because we cut off their oil. What he does not tell you is that we cut off their oil because they were on their way to brutally murdering 15 million Chinese, mostly civilians. You won’t hear of the rape of Nanking from Zinn.
Another example: he tells the story of some of the very early settlers in Virginia. Zinn tells you that horror of horrors, the settlers poisoned a group of Indians they had come in contact with. What he does not tell you is that this same group of Indians had tried, and failed, to poison every single member of the settler colony a few months before, and that they had been a constant threat to the settlers. That’s the kind of historian Howard Zinn is. He tells you that settlers bashed the brains out of one Indian child and killed its mother. He does not tell you that the Indians had attacked first, a few weeks before, and had bashed the brains out of multiple settler children and raped their mothers. He presents history through a bizarre, distorted prism.
That’s the kind of “historian” Howard Zinn was. It is totally impossible to come to a judgment on any situation he writes about, because he is so skilled at leaving relevant facts out.
On July 30, 2010, the FBI released one file with three sections totaling 423 pages on Howard Zinn, a best selling radical historian, teacher, playwright, and political activist. . . .
In 1949, the FBI opened a domestic security investigation on Zinn (FBI File # 100-360217). The Bureau noted Zinn’s activities in what were called Communist Front Groups and received informant reports that Zinn was an active member of the CPUSA; Zinn denied ever being a member when he was questioned by agents in the 1950s. In the 1960s, the Bureau took another look at Zinn on account of his criticism of the FBI’s civil rights investigations. Further investigation was made when Zinn traveled to North Vietnam with Daniel Berrigan as an anti-war activist.
..Although Zinn denied being a member of the CPUSA, the FBI file discloses that several reliable informants in the party identified Zinn as a member who attended party meetings as many as five times a week.
What’s more, one of the files reveals that a reliable informant provided a photograph of Zinn teaching a class on “Basic Marxism” at party headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951. A participant in the class said that Zinn taught that “the basic teaching of Marx and Lenin were sound and should be adhered to by those present.”
The FBI file also includes information on Zinn’s pro-Castro activism and support for radical groups such as the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Progressive Labor Party (PLP), Socialist Workers Party (SWP), and Black Panther Party. Much of the latter was in connection with Zinn’s support for a communist military victory in Vietnam.
What is important to note here is that Zinn evidently joined the Kremlin-controlled CPUSA not during the “Popular Front” era of the 1930s — when many idealists were seduced — but after the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in which Stalin cruelly and cynically sacrificed Poland to the Nazis. Zinn was a card-carrying Commie who advocated Marxism-Leninism after the Red Army’s “Iron Curtain” occupation of Eastern Europe, after the treachery of the Rosenbergs and Alger Hiss had been revealed, and even during the height of Stalin’s anti-Semitic “Doctors’ Plot” purge!
Read McCain’s excellent take on this – note that deception has always been central to Zinn’s life.
And here are 423 pages of raw FBI files, from the FBI website.
Zinn was a very bad man. He was a liar of the highest order, a communist and a fraud. His works are popular among children, who are the easiest ones to propagandize. The books pretend to be revealing the “truth”, when in fact truth is the last thing they want you to discover. In fact, his books are a form of hate speech. They want you to hate certain things (like the United States).
I might also add that Zinn’s books are very popular in foreign lands, where people are looking for reasons to hate us. Osama Bin Laden and his friends make points that Zinn makes in his books. That is perhaps his lasting legacy. Many Muslims will read only left wing hate-histories of the United States. As a result, they hate America based on lies.
Why do they hate us? In part, because of Howard Zinn.
In sum, his work had one goal: to fuel hatreds between peoples. To make you hate.
He was a very bad man.