Howard Zinn Quote

Brothers! I have listened to many talks from our great white father. When he first came over the wide waters, he was but a little man … very little. His legs were cramped by sitting long in his big boat, and he begged for a little land to light his fire on…. But when the white man had warmed himself before the Indians’ fire and filled himself with their hominy, he became very large. With a step he bestrode the mountains, and his feet covered the plains and the valleys. His hand grasped the eastern and the western sea, and his head rested on the moon. Then he became our Great Father. He loved his red children, and he said, Get a little further, lest I tread on thee. Brothers! I have listened to a great many talks from our great father. But they always began and ended in this—Get a little further; you are too near me.

Howard Zinn

Brothers! I have listened to many talks from our great white father. When he first came over the wide waters, he was but a little man … very little. His legs were cramped by sitting long in his big boat, and he begged for a little land to light his fire on…. But when the white man had warmed himself before the Indians’ fire and filled himself with their hominy, he became very large. With a step he bestrode the mountains, and his feet covered the plains and the valleys. His hand grasped the eastern and the western sea, and his head rested on the moon. Then he became our Great Father. He loved his red children, and he said, Get a little further, lest I tread on thee. Brothers! I have listened to a great many talks from our great father. But they always began and ended in this—Get a little further; you are too near me.

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About Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, philosopher, socialist thinker and World War II veteran. He was chair of the history and social sciences department at Spelman College, and a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote over 20 books, including his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States in 1980. In 2007, he published a version of it for younger readers, A Young People's History of the United States.Zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist." He wrote extensively about the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Beacon Press, 2002), was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn's life and work. Zinn died of a heart attack in 2010, at age 87.