FEBRUARY 2, 2010
Howard Zinn, who passed away last week was a hero to many of us and a pain in the neck to the right people.  Basically, he devoted his life to seeing past mythology and getting history down to the brave reality.  Romantic history can kill, he says.  But the truth, while painful at first, is a powerful antiseptic, ultimately.   His People’s History of the United States is a classic that is a very useful reminder that history has many dark underpinnings and that movements of ordinary people have, from time to time, found the power to shine a light and prevail.   Here’s a video version of What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire by Howard Zinn Narrated by Viggo Mortensen Art by Mike Konopacki: