The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States expresses its most profound sense of loss over the death of Howard Zinn, the noted historian, professor and political activist.
Zinn, author of more than 20 books, dedicated his life to giving voice to the social movements and rebels present throughout the history of the United States. His most well-known work, “A People’s History of the United States,” sold more than a million copies and became a must-read in schools and universities.
In the book, Zinn did not focus on the traditional heroes of the country’s official history, but instead focused on the experiences of the victims and dissenters – the indigenous groups during Christopher Columbus’s exploration of the Americas, the slaves during the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, the lives of young women working in factories during the Industrial Revolution, the U.S.-Spanish War from the view of the Cuban people, World War I as seen by the socialists, World Ward II and the pacifists and the history of the U.S. empire, seen by the people of Latin America.
Zinn was similarly an activist in various social and political movements, including the fight for civil liberties for African Americans and the opposition to the wars in Vietnam and in Iraq.
In an era in which information is monopolized and historical accounts manipulated for political ends, Zinn remains an inspiring figure amongst national and international groups in the battle for social justice.
The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States would also like to express its most profound condolences to the family of Professor Zinn, as well as its sentiments of fraternity, support and solidarity in these difficult moments.
January 29, 2010
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States