Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn's Legacies and the Future of Activism

Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn's Legacies and the Future of Activism


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ISBN-13: 9781612051826
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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 has been a Lecturer in American politics and research methods at Boston University, Suffolk University, and Simmons College. He writes about American political and intellectual development with a focus on higher education, social movements, minority politics, and youth political socialization.

Contributors: Frances Fox Piven, Noam Chomsky, Martín Espada, Irene Gendzier, Ambre Ivol, Paul Buhle, Paul Reynolds, Eric Boehme, Žiga Vodovnik, Christopher C. Robinson, Alix Olson, Patricia Moynagh, Ross Caputi, Edward P. Morgan, Stephen Bird, Adam Silver, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz

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

Notes 214

References 242

Index 260

About the Contributors 270

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