[act-ma] RFM recording of Howard Zinn and Mike Konopacki presenting A People’s History of American Empire, a comic book

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A People’s History of American Empire - A Comic Book
Howard Zinn and Mike Konopacki

Since its landmark publication in 1980, A People’s History of the United States has had six new editions, sold more than 1.7 million copies, become required classroom reading throughout the country, and been turned into an acclaimed play.  More than a successful book, A People’s History triggered a revolution in the way history is told, displacing the official versions with their emphasis on great men in high places to chronicle events as they were lived, from the bottom up.

Howard Zinn, historian Paul Buhle and cartoonist Mike Konopacki have collaborated to retell, in vibrant comics form, a most immediate and relevant chapter of A People’s History: the centuries-long story of America’s actions in the world.  Narrated by Zinn, this version opens with the events of 9/11 and then jumps back to explore the cycles of U.S. expansionism from Wounded Knee to Iraq, stopping along the way at World War I, Central America, Vietnam and the Iranian revolution.  The comic book also follows the story of Zinn, the son of poor Jewish immigrants, from his childhood in the Brooklyn slums to his role as one of America’s leading historians.

Howard Zinn is a history professor, political scientist, historian, social critic, socialist, activist and playwright, best known as author of the one million plus bestseller, A People's History of the United States.
Zinn has been active in the movements for civil rights, civil liberties and the anti-war movements in the U.S., writing extensively on all three subjects.

Mike Konopacki graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1974, and began labor cartooning for the Madison Press Connection, a local daily created by striking newspaper workers in 1977. After the paper folded in 1980, Konopacki began syndicating his labor cartoons through the labor news service, Press Associates, Inc., and in 1983 he and Gary Huck created their own syndication service, Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons. Since 1983, Huck/Konopacki have published four collections of labor cartoons.

Recorded by Joe Friendly on April 24, 2008 in Cambridge, MA

Also featured is the Maine Peace Lady, Roxanne Munksgaard, interviewing Billy Bragg at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square of Somerville, MA on October 21, 2008
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