By ZAZIL DAVIS-VAZQUEZ

Howard Zinn speaking at a newspaper festival in Athens, Greece, in 2009. Photo: Flickr, George Laoutaris

Howard Zinn, an anti-war activist, historian and author of over 20 books, including The People’s History of the United States, died on January 27, 2010, of a heart attack. Zinn was famous for writing about ordinary people who fought against injustice.

Zinn was born in 1922 and was raised in New York City. His parents were Jewish immigrants.

As a young man in the 1940s, he became a bombardier in World War II. After the war, he attended college in New York City. He regretted bombing innocent civilians in Europe as a soldier and protested the Vietnam and Iraq Wars.

In an interview with IndyKids in the January/February 2009 issue, he said “I want young people to know that they do not need to be passive observers of history made by important people—that they can make history themselves, by becoming part of a social movement.”

Visit the “Zinn Education Project”