Howard Zinn is the author of A People’s History of the United States, 1492–Present. You may recall that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon gave the book a cameo in their movie Good Will Hunting. If you want a fresh way of looking at history–not just the Presidents who created landmark laws but the people’s movements that forced their hands, not just the industrial behemoths who shaped the country and built empires, but the people whose lives they affected, and the people’s long battles against the industrial robber-barons–then Zinn’s history will provide that fresh view. The following film is an animation of Zinn’s essay “Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me About the American Empire” with Viggo Mortensen speaking Zinn’s words, art by Mike Konopacki, video editing by Eric Wold. This is part of another Zinn book, A People’s History of the American Empire, a graphic history illustrated by Mike Konopacki and Paul Buhle.
About American Empire by Howard Zinn [video]
Posted on January 19, 2013