A website, called Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit has added various accoutrements to my HNN article on the legacy of Dr. Howard Zinn and the execrable, recently released F.B.I. files: “The People’s Historian and the F.B.I. Zinn Files.”
1) They inserted numerous links that are reproduced below minus the ones I found somewhatÂ “irreverent.” No pun intended.
2) They created a podcast of the introductory paragraph and a portion of the article dealing with JesuitÂ Father Daniel Berrigan. It was clearly a computer driven voice which mispronounced my last name. I noted with some bemusement a link to a dictionary definition of “coterminous” which simply means at the same time or happening simultaneously.
The slant of the website is rather conservative and I really do not know much about its provenance. I do know the Jesuits that educated me at Saint Louis University were one of the more liberal, progressive religious orders within the Roman Catholic Church: after all they did produce the great Berrigan.
|Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. (far left) and Howard Zinn (overcoat) from Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit blog|
Excerpts of HNN article from the Jesuit blog:
Howard Zinn was the quintessential scholar activist at the time of his death at ageÂ eighty-seven in Santa Monica, California on January 27, 2010. Â He had been the target of a quarter-century long FBI surveillance operation. Â Just four years after his return from World War II in 1945, the FBI opened its investigatory file on Dr. Zinn (hereafter referred to as the Zinn Files). Â The 423-page report monitored his activities as special agents and unscrupulous informants throughout the country recorded his growing influence in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. Â His residences, phone numbers, attendance at meetings and numerous public utterances were recorded and filed. Â His spouse, Roslyn Zinn, also came under FBI scrutiny. The Zinn Files were declassified and released on July 30, 2010. Â Reflecting embryonic McCarthyism before Senator Joseph R. McCarthyâ€™s Wheeling address,Â (entitled “Enemies from Within”) it established early on a â€œCommunist Party: Counterintelligence Programâ€ dossier. Â The FBI repeatedly accused Howard Zinn of being a Communist Party member from 1949-1953. Â Special Agent Edward Scheidt requested on March 9, 1949 that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover investigate the â€œcommunistâ€ Howard Zinn………