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miércoles, octubre 19, 2005

Howard Zinn 


Voices of a People's History of the United States
(A dramatic reading narrated by Howard Zinn)


Chapin Auditorium at Mt. Holyoke College was full last night. We were asked to hold our applause to the end, but at times we could not contain the excitement and some was heard. But by the end, the full impact of the evening was heavy... all people on the stage could do was to hold hands and chant. Quite moving to recognize the events narrated, to witness friends on stage and hair raising to see a historic voice, live presenting her story... Francis Crowe.



There where some diverse voices, black ...,


and a Latino wisper... the conga was a nice touch.





It was depressing to finish with the voice of a mother, herself reading an e-mail to Bush pleading to spare the lives of young ones who unlike her own son who killed himself after returning from Iraq, could be spared.

The program reads:
Historian Howard Zinn will narrate scripted dramatic readings based on his recent book, Voices of a People’s History of the United States. The book is a companion reader to his earlier work, A People’s History of the United States, which has sold over one million copies. The script uses original historical texts from Voices and has been performed across the country. This Western Massachusetts performance incorporates local material, such as Frederick Douglass’s meeting with John Brown in Springfield, and Holyoke labor leader Anna Sullivan’s organizing of textile mills. Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, will be joined by his co-editor Anthony Arnove and a cast of local actors and activists. New York actor Brian Jones and South African poet Dennis Brutus will also join the cast, directed by Chris Rohmann, local writer, teacher and theater director.

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