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Howard Zinn, Historian and Activist, Dies at 87

Howard Zinn, the longtime Boston University historian and political activist, died on Wednesday of a heart attack, The Boston Globe reported. He was 87. Mr. Zinn was best-known for his 1980 book, A People’s History of the United States. “He’s made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture,” Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, told the Globe. “He’s changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can’t think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect.” At Boston, where he was a professor of political science from 1964 to 1988, Mr. Zinn was also known for clashes with John R. Silber, the institution’s president over much of that period.

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