Agitation with a Smile offers a reappraisal of Howard Zinn’s political thought and situates his efforts in a contemporary context, looking toward the nature of activism and dissent in the future. This is the first book to provide a substantive account and assessment of Zinn’s philosophy and approach to collective action and, to a larger extent, democracy.
The contributors to this book explore the most effective mechanisms by which to arouse public support for seemingly radical positions and how current technological advancements may alter our perception of Zinn’s activism. The book is a valuable guide to a new generation of activists and scholars of politics in gauging the lasting relevance and legacy of Zinn’s ideals, concepts, and methodology.
The text is neither fawning nor unduly critical, unlike many discussions of Zinn in popular culture. Rather, the contributors to this book engage the various complexities and tensions present throughout Zinn’s work and subject them to a twenty-first century assessment. This is a multi-disciplinary and international approach to Howard Zinn’s intellectual and activist canon.
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About the Author
Stephen Bird is a professor of political science at Clarkson University, where he focuses on energy and environmental policy, with a concern for social justice.
Adam Silver is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College. He specializes in American political institutions, political parties and organizations, campaign strategies, and electoral politics, social movements, and state and local politics.
Joshua C. Yesnowitz is a lecturer and doctoral candidate in political science at Boston University.
Table of Contents
Foreword Frances Fox Piven vii
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Chapter 1 Agitation with a Smile: A Framework for Reassessing the Contributions of Howard Zinn Stephen Bird Adam Silver Joshua C. Yesnowitz 1
Interlude "Ludlow Massacre" Song lyrics Woody Guthrie 19
Zinn as Historian and Public Intellectual
Chapter 2 Legacies and Breakthroughs: The Long View on Zinnian History Ambre Ivol Paul Buhle 22
Chapter 3 The US Left in Generational Perspective: A Study of Howard Zinn's Trajectory Ambre Ivol 35
Chapter 4 Thinking the Radical Public Intellectual: The Exemplar of Howard Zinn Paul Reynolds 51
Zinn in Theory
Chapter 5 Against All Authority: Howard Zinn's Pragmatic Anarchism, Active Resistance, and Radical Democracy Eric Boehme 68
Chapter 6 The Forbidden Word: Howard Zinn as Anarchist Ziga Vodovnik 81
Chapter 7 Politics against the Law: Howard Zinn on Academic Freedom beyond the Academy Christopher C. Robinson 97
Interlude "Dear Diary" A poem Alix Olson 109
Zinn in Practice
Chapter 8 War Is a Condition in Need of a Cure Patricia Moynagh 114
Chapter 9 Howard Zinn: A Moral Example for G.I. Resistance Ross Caputi 127
Chapter 10 Archivists of Optimism: Zinn and the Arts Alix Olson 142
Interlude "Walking" A poem Martin Espada 156
Zinn Today and Tomorrow
Chapter 11 Two, Three, Many Zinns: Media Culture and the Dilemmas of Democratic Transformation Edward P. Morgan 160
Chapter 12 For Howard Zinn: The Things That Count and Cannot Be Counted Irene Gendzier 177
Chapter 13 Reassessing Zinn: Critical Reflections on a Scholar-Activist Stephen Bird Adam Silver Joshua C. Yesnowitz 188
Afterword: Howard Zinn's Legacy of Words and Action Noam Chomsky 207
About the Contributors 270