Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, academic, author, playwright, and social activist. Before and during his tenure as a political science professor at Boston University from 1964-88 he wrote more than 20 books, which included his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States. He wrote extensively about the civil rights and anti-war movements, as well as of the labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn's life and work. Zinn’s depiction of WWII reflects that U.S. was not that effective or paying much attention to what the German Nazis were doing with the Jews. The Nazis were killing and torturing Jews in concentration camps while the U.S. did not seem to mind and did not really care. The phrase of the title is as a question because Zinn can be a controversial figure. The people and society were already involved in the war after most countries were involved in the war. Each of the countries fighting in WWII had their own reason why they were fighting. They each had their own reason as for what caused the war problem. Since the Jews were suffering and the U.S. did not mind, the attack from the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 brought the U.S. to be involved in the big war, World War 2. In Howard Zinn’s book he blames the U.S. for the attack on Pearl Harbor, not the Japanese. That is why he can be controversial sometimes. I believe his arguments are valid because he has facts that can be proven, so he does have a valid argument in which he presented good possible theories.
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