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(August 24, 1922- ) Born in Brooklyn. Served as bombardier during World War II. Received Ph.D. in history from Columbia in 1958, and was postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard. Appointed chairman of history department at Spelman College beginning in 1956; worked alongside SNCC activists in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. Published articles about civil rights movement in The Nation, Harper's, Freedomways, and other magazines, and books The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). From 1964 to 1988 was professor of history at Boston University. Flew to Hanoi with Father Daniel Berrigan during Vietnam War; wrote Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and Disobedience and Democracy: Nine Fallacies on Law and Order (1968), and later edited The Pentagon Papers: Critical Essays with Noam Chomsky. Also author of La Guardia in Congress (1959), The Politics of History (1970), Post-War America (1973), A People's History of the United States (1980), Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1990), Failure to Quit: Reflections of an Optimistic Historian (1993) and The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy (1997). An autobiography, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times, appeared in 1994.