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  Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87
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Last EditedZeus the Moose  Jan 27, 2010 06:35pm
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AuthorMark Feeney
MediaNewspaper - Boston Globe
News DateThursday, January 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionHoward Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and a leading faculty critic of BU president John Silber, died of a heart attack today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling, his family said. He was 87.

"His writings have changed the consciousness of a generation, and helped open new paths to understanding and its crucial meaning for our lives," Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, once wrote of Dr. Zinn. "When action has been called for, one could always be confident that he would be on the front lines, an example and trustworthy guide."
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