Howard Zinn on BookTV (video online)

On C-SPAN2’s BookTV today (Feb 4, 2007) Howard Zinn talks about themes in his new book, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress. His talk includes comments that are relevant to the attack on Zinn by Lynne Cheney (discussed earlier here).

Here’s what Cheney said about Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States:

I spend a lot of time worrying about what we teach in our schools, and I discovered that the book most often used to teach future teachers is Howard Zinn’s History of the American People [sic]. Now this is really interesting, for those of you who know the book, which presents a very dire and dark picture of America. His thesis is basically that we’ve made no progress in this country, AT ALL, EVER [her very pronounced emphasis] — that there’s no progress — [that] my idea of expanding freedom is simply not correct. For example he says that, yes, we ended slavery; but we subsequently enslaved people economically, so that we were no better off. I really wrote this book because I think the truth is otherwise.

Here’s this weekend’s BookTV page, with links to buy Zinn’s new book, or to watch the RealMedia video of Zinn’s talk streamed from the CSPAN site:

On Sunday, February 4 at 4:30 pm

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
Howard Zinn
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Description: Howard Zinn discusses his latest collection of essays at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. “A Power Governments Cannot Suppress” critiques America’s response to 9/11, examines the current state of democracy and government responsibility in America and cites examples of when government has overstepped throughout American history.

Author Bio: Howard Zinn is a U.S. historian and political scientist. He is the author of “Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics” with David Barsamian, and “A People’s History of the United States.”

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Here is C-Span’s permanent page for this program:

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

Product ID: 196261-1
Format: Speech
Event Date: January 18, 2007
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Last Aired: January 27, 2007
Length: 1 hour, 6 minutes
 
Sponsors:
Back Pages Books
 
Appearances:
Zinn, Howard – Historian
 
Summary:
Howard Zinn talked about his book A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, published by City Lights Publishers. In this collection of essays at he examines the current state of democracy and government responsibility in America and cites examples of when government has overstepped throughout American history. After his presentation he responded to audience members’ questions. This national book launch event was held at the Levin Ballroom in Brandeis University’s Usdan Center.
 
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