- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Beacon Press; Auflage: None (5. September 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0807071277
- ISBN-13: 978-0807071274
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,4 x 22,8 cm
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You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. September 2002
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By any standards, Howard Zinn has led a remarkable life as teacher, writer, and social activist, a life in which those three categories are viewed not as compartmentalized tasks but as part of a unified identity. You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, a title taken from his advice to students about his take on American history and current events, is a powerful testament to that life.
It begins with his 1956 acceptance of a teaching post at Atlanta's Spelman College, a school for black women that would soon be caught up in the civil rights movement. Zinn, who had already been radicalized on the streets of Brooklyn as a teenager, got caught up along with his students (who included the future head of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, and author Alice Walker), and was kicked out in 1963 for "insubordination." He moved to Boston University, where he became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, and would prove a constant thorn in the side of university president John Silber throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Zinn writes in plain language that brooks no nonsense when it speaks of moral urgency, but he isn't above a sense of humor. Noting that the FBI was watching him constantly during the war era, he wryly observes that, "I have grown to depend on them for accurate reports on my speeches." Individual scenes leap out at the reader: Zinn's horror when he realized, years after WWII, that he had dropped napalm bombs on German troops; a meeting in a college classroom with the sister and parents of one of the victims of the Kent State massacre; Selma, Alabama, police beating blacks attempting to register to vote while federal agents stand by and do nothing. Through it all, Zinn writes, "I see this as the central issue of our time: how to find a substitute for war in human ingenuity, imagination, courage, sacrifice, patience." --Ron Hogan -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
A teacher who committed his politically engaged life to the belief that love is a command to action.—Colman McCarthy, The Washington Post
"A powerful, politically electric book from one of the most engaging social critics in the nation."—Jonathan Kozol
"A history and a history maker to give us hope."—Alice Walker
"A personal favorite. This autobiography by the great activist and historian...provides an eloquent, personal account of the struggles for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, and a universal paean to protest and resistance."—Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive
"Zinn explains his involvement in the struggles for civil rights, against war, and in support of organized labor by citing his 'abhorrence of any kind of bullying.' These are lively tales."—Patricia O'Connell, The New York Times
"Pick up this book! Start reading it! I guarantee you won't stop. The most influential teacher I've ever had continues to teach us about life and humanity and hope."—Marian Wright Edelman
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must read. This autobiography chronicles the life and times
of Howard Zinn, America's foremost social historian. From
his days growing up poor in New York to his service is the
Second World War to his work with the SNCC in the Civil
Rights movement, Zinn tells the story in a personal fashion
with poignant detail and antecdotes and tales that will
make you laugh and make you cry. This is one of the best
autobiographies of the 1990's, and is a must read for all
fans of history, Howard Zinn, and the human bonds that bring
us all together.
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