Monday, August 13, 2012

Howard Zinn On The Meaning Of Historical Research

My viewpoint, in telling the history of the United States, is different: that we must not accept the memory of states as our own. Nations are not communities and never have been.

The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex.

And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners. ~~Howard Zinn, Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress [@ History Is A Weapon] or PDF [HERE]