Remembering Howard Zinn, 1922-2010

By The History Detectives Team
2 March 2010
Category: Viewer Mailbag

"We interview many famous historians on our show, but when I sat down with Professor Zinn, I felt like I was about to interview the President of the United States.

I could sense his passion for history when he discussed the plight of immigrant workers 100 years ago, and felt his political fire when he observed how the struggle continues today. After I thanked him for his time he said, “Elyse, there is always time to teach the public about real American history.”

-Elyse Luray

During our fourth season, Dr. Howard Zinn appeared in a History Detectives story about a momentous, yet little known, event in American history.

In January, 1912, over 20,000 immigrant women, men and children took part in the Bread and Roses strike at a textile factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The workers clashed with textile mill operators and police as they asserted their demand for humane working conditions. During this cold and snowy January, pitched battles were fought in the streets of Lawrence in one of the most brutal strikes in U.S. history.

We investigated whether a billy club engraved with the words “Lawrence Strike” was used in the famous Bread and Roses labor strike. Dr. Zinn, who passed away this January, graciously shared his time and knowledge with us for that story, and we’d like to share his extended interview with you here:

Interview: Elyse and Howard Zinn

We take a look back at Elyse Luray's conversation with Howard Zinn in 2006.


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