Q: What advice would you give to students who might view this tape and read your text, A People’s History of the United States? What lesson would you suggest that they might learn from your life, that they might apply to theirs?
Howard Zinn: Of course, I claim there are many things, oh so many things they can learn from me! (laugh)
One thing is that, even if you are engaged in a movement where the future of that movement is uncertain, even if you are trying to achieve an objective which looks very very far away, simply working for it makes life more interesting and more worthwhile. So that you don’t have to look for some victory in the future. The very engagement with other people in a common struggle for something that you all believe in, that is a victory in itself.