Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the U.S.
Between 1900 and 1920, like Howard Zinn's parents, more than 14 million immigrants arrived in the United States. They came fleeing poverty or war, racism, or religious persecution. They dreamed of a promised land, of wealth, or simply of a better life. With the tremendous success of his book, A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn radically changed the way Americans see themselves. His friend Noam Chomsky says that Zinn literally transformed a generation’s conscience. Zinn talks about those who have no voice in the official History: Slaves, Indians, deserters, textile workers, union men. On two occasions in Paris and Boston, we were lucky enough to meet and film him. Towards the end of his life, Howard Zinn said, ‘‘I want to be remembered as someone who enabled people to experience hope and power something they never did before.’’ That is exactly the reason why we want to make this film.