Composition Paper on Response-Howard Zinn and Larry Schweikart

There are major distinctions in historians Howard Zinn and Larry Schweikart’s assumptions, beliefs, and values. Zinn believes that the existence of social inequality is unjustified, calling for a change to improve the lives of the disadvantaged. Zinn supports Left-wing political ideals which advocate for the abolition of social inequalities. Unlike Zinn, Schweikart believes that the social inequalities are a normal occurrence and does not see any need to abolish them. Schweikart supports Right-wing political ideals which justify the existence of social inequalities, believing the inequalities arise naturally from competition in market economies.

There is a major difference in how  Zinn and Schweikart interpret history. Howard Zinn does not take a neutral stand while critiquing historical events while Larry Schweikart seeks to interpret historical events neutrally. Zinn does not believe in neutrality because terrible things continue to happen (“A Tale of Two Historians”). While interpreting the historical events of Christopher Columbus’ journey to the Americas, Zinn chooses to expresses his views, condemning the genocide caused by Columbus’ ideals and overlooking Columbus’ great discoveries. Schweikart, on the other hand, does not write about his individual views on Columbus’ mass murder.

There are notable biases in both Howard Zinn and Larry Schweikart’s historical writings. Zinn consciously incorporates his assumptions, beliefs, and values into his works. Zinn believes in bringing change and not taking neutral stands when historical events disadvantage other people. This is shown when Zinn focuses on writing about Columbus’ mass murder as opposed to other historical writings which focus on Columbus’ voyages and discoveries. Schweikart chooses not to focus on condemning Columbus’ mass murder because of his belief that those who contributed to making America’s economic system great (Columbus included) should be celebrated.



Work Cited

“A Tale of Two Historians.” Accessed 6 July 2018.