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Name: HOWARD ZINN


Aliases:

Residence Address: 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Business Address: American Labor Party Headquarters


207 Hart Street, Brooklyn, New Yvrk

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He with
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liovement. On the night oi liarch 2&#39;7, he intended to attend a
which
rally in Brooklyn sponsoring the T.IAll-ACELfovement, at time he was
supposedto give a report on the picketing of the White House in A
Washington. interest
ZHTN expressed his with regard. to the Third Party
Eiovement,indicating that the CommunistParty was 100?; behind this Iiovement. L,
. The records of the Bureau of Special Services and Investiga-
tions, City
HevrYork Police Department, reflect the following information
H ?i&#39;IAP.D
ZIITN, 1023 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, I-FewYork,
was a delegate to the American Peace Mobilization in Chicago, Illinois,
representing the Ridgewood Peace Council.

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HOIIARD ZINII and twenty i cur members of the Ans
Veterans Committee assisted in piclceting butcher shops on Delialb Avenue
from Throop to Sumner Avenues, and Ifarcy and Hart Streets, Brooklyn,
1946.
on July J18,

HCTJARDZIHWS name appears on letterhead of Brooklyn


Citizens Committee for Right of Bani: Workers to Organize, formed in
connection with strike of employees of the Brooklyn Trust Company, on
1947.
July 23,

HUs T.éLRD
ZIi921I President
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City
spoke at mass meeting on March 10, 1946, and at Council Hearing
1948.
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HQTARD KEEN, of the Kings County Committee, American
Veterans Committee, advised an ersployee of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee
Committee on February ll, 1947, that the American Veterans Committee was
sending as delegates to the conference oi the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee
30
Committeeon February 16, 1947, BC15}*,CCLDI2ER,
ocean Parkway, and
ZINE,
HCYTMRD 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brobklyn, .,
I-IevrYork

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Committee National Convention to be held June 19-22, 194.7, at Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. This information was contained in a letter from the 13:ll~¢:aul<ee
Office to the Atlanta dated
Office June 14, 1947, regarding Coznrmnist
Infiltration into the American Veterans Committee.

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ZIITN, 926
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elec-Jeo. metoofficeof Vice-Chairman
of the American Veterans Committee.
of theKings County
Committee 14 1

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ZIIJN, County
Commander, American 1

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appeared aonlist oi panelspeakers to
speak at 1

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the Brooklyn
New onConference
York, 8, Progressives,
February of
1947. Saint
Hotel
George,
Brooklyn, L4 I
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of the "New York Times"
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Kings County
Committee, American
Veterans
1 Committee,asigner
was in support
of position
taken by
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1 in his" SCIiT.ElYFIII>I&#39;S!
letter tothe Editor
oi theNew York
Times carried
1 in thisissue. Enis
be seated
letter requested
in placevacated by
Corrmunist.
that ai
Communist,1 8112011
Councilman, PETE
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that HOZTARD
ZINN was
The June
a member
4, 1948
of the "Daily
issue Worker , reflects
of theSteering Committee
[/
of the Veterans
Committee against
the Liundt-Nixon
Bill. ZIIQNwas among
the group of 1
/ the National
Veterans Caravan
Washington,
to D.., on theanniversary 1
oi D-day, June 6, 1918.

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Worker June
of 6,
1948, reflects
that HOWARD 1
ZII~1I~I"/
as a member
oi the SteeringCommittee the
of NationalVeterans Caravan
to
Washington,
to
remain
was in Washington
lobby against the
to I£undt I¬:ixon Bill.;
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of theNew YorkI-Taval Shipyard,
Brooklyn, Iiew
York,
1
reflect thatZ3111 employed
was aas
Shipfitter from September
18, 1940
F to Hay
6, 1946.These recordsalso reflectthat ZII~TH
was on
military leave
during which
time heserved inthe United
StatesArmy
Air Corps from_ -L / -
2£ay$, 1943to
liovember 30, 1945.
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81 ? Park Street, Brooklyn
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1023 LafayetteAvenue
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DC&#39;B.IS&: _ZII92E
926 Lafayette Avenue, under suitable prextext, at which
time she advised
that the subject presently resides at 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, and Z
is employed at the American Labor Party Headquarters, Brooklyn, New York.
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employment was verified through. an
inquiry, under suitable
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the American labor Party, 207 Hart L/Q,
Street, Brooklyn, New York.
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Brooklyn, New York,
set out that ZINE? served in the United States Army
/ _/ Air Forces from June 9, 1943 to November 30, 1945, being discharged with the
rm}: of Second Lieutenant; his Army
Serial linmber is O-788515; and his L,/.___
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file
information;
at Veterans Administra--

A Name HOFIARD ZEHTI


1 Date of August 24,
Birth 1922, Brooklyn, New York
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SUBJECT: HOWARD
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August
1950
FROM
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FROM SAC, New York
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SUBJEC HOWARD.Z-INN, vra.,
Howie &#39;Zinn
SECURITY MATTER
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Reference is made B au letter to New York dated March 30,


1949 andto the report of SA August
dated 21, 1953at New b6 4
Ib7C
York, captioned as above.
Please beadvised that investigation was completed inthe above
case before it was ascertained that ZINNwas
attending New YorkUniversity,
Washington Square, New York.

It is to be noted that no further investigation was


conducted
at the above
University after it was
ascertained through the Registrar&#39;s
office that the subject was
in attendance at that
institution, and it
is felt no
that further investigation is necessary at New York University-

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SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: SubjectbornAugust2h, 1922,


/1 Brooklyn, NewYork. Besides
2/ 5-G,
890East 6th Street, Apt.
NewYork City. Currently at-
tending WashingtonSquare
College, NewYork University,

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as
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in l9,-l9.
reported to be a Communist
Council,
ject activein NewYork
AmericanVeteransCommittee, A g_M _,_
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DEIAILS: The
title of this reportis beingchanged
soasto include
the
name
of HOWE
ZINN,
inasmuch
asthe subjectis known
bythat
name
to Confidential Informant T-2.

Citizenship
Therecords of the Bureauof
Vital Statistics, Brooklyn, New
York,reflectonCertificate
number
34.407 thatncweazo
ZINN
wasborn
on August
24,,l922,at
Brooklyn,
NewYork.These
records
disclosed
that thesubject&#39;s
fatEe¥§&#39; was
EWTborn
N,
in Austria
andthathismother,
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neetRi§BBINQNl@Z,
was born in Russia.
Residence

Thecurrent1950telephonedirectory ior
Manhattan reflects
that HOWARD
ZINN,890East6th Street,Manhattan,
NewYork,subscribes
to
telephonenumberAlgonquin 4-8325.
ConfidentialInformantT-l, oi known
reliability, advised
thatthesubjectandhis family,whoformerlyresidedat 926Lafayette
Ave-
nue,-
Brooklyn,
NewYork,now
residein Apartment
5"G,890East6thStreet:
Manhattan, New York.

Mr. M. STUTMAN,
AssistantManager,
Lillian WaldHousing
Project,New
York CityHousing
Authority,
54 Avenue
D,Manhattan,
New
York,
made
available
records
reflectingthat HCWARD
ZINN
hasresidedin Apartment
5-Gat 890East6th Street,Manhattan,
New
York, the Lillian WaldHousing
Project,New
York CityHousing Authority,sinceAugust22, 1949.
Enploygent
MissM. SMYTHE,
Recording
Department,
Registrar&#39;s
Office,
New
York University,Washington
Square,
Manhattan,
NewYork,made
available
recordswhichdisclosedthat HOWARD
ZINNof 890East 6th Street, New
York
City,is currentlyenrolledasa full-time student,underthe G.I- Bill,
at theWashington
Square Collegeoi rts andSciences andisa first
semester senior.

Mr. M. STUTMAN,
Assistant Manager,Lillian Wald Housing
Project,
NewYorkCityHousing
Authority,
54 Avenue
D,Manhattan,
New
York,
advised that recordsat this office revealedthat the subjectwasemployed
part timeat the LernerWarehouse, 3544th Avenue, New YorkCity.

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Kr. W L. BOEGE,
Personnel
lfanager,
LernerShops,35!.;nth
lt&#39;~V¢1
iiew
YorkCity,
111 made
1> available
records
"whichrevealed
thatthesub-
ona part-tizae
jecti5;I&#39;ese11"c-ly
employed basiswiththiscompany
andhas
beenemployed
withtheLerner
Shops
sinceAugust
17,191,9,
as3 Shipping
clerk
Communist
Party Activities
known
OnJuly lb, 19b8,ConfidentialInformantT-2, of
reliability,advised ZINN wasbelieved
thatHOWIE tobeoneofa groupof
individuals Party
selectedfromthe6th A.D., KingsCounty
Communist a
as
fraternaldelegate York StateGonvention
to theNew of theCommunist
Party.
011Hwcmber
29, 19143,
Confidential
Informant known
T-3, of
reliability,advised
thatHOKYAEH!
ZINN York Council,
of theNew American
VeteransCommittee,
139East57thStreet,New
YorkCity, hadwrittenan
articleentitled,"Se]J: --Supporting
PublicHousing
-- Planto Easethe
HousingCrisis in NewYork -- Now."
Theabovearticle discusses
in detail the housingproblem
andwhatshould
be doneto supplyadequate,
low-renthousing for veterans
in
and non-veterans York
New City.
It is
to be notedthat Confidential
Informant
T- , oi known
reliability,stated
onNovember
, 19116
thattheSteering
Committee
oi the
Metropolitan
Area.
Council
oi theAmerican
Veterans
Committee,
whichis
composed
oi all thechapters
in theNew
York
Cityarea,
hasbeen
dominated
by Communists.
OnDecember
l9, 19b9,Confidential
Informant
T-5, of known
reliability,advised
thatHOWARD York City,
ZINN,890East6thStreet,New
of a group
wasone of individuals
who to file a
filed noticeof intention
claimagainst theStateoi New August
Yorkasa resultof the"riots"on
27,l9!i9andonSeptember
Li,19149 York, at theso-called
at Peekskill,
New
PAULROBESON
concerts.
It should
be notedthat Confidential
Informant known
T--6,oi
reliability,advised
thatthe"Peekskill
disorders"
ofAugust
27,19!-L9
and
September
11,,
19349
in thevicinityof Peekskill,
NewYork,resultedasan
outgrowth
ofconcertsplanned
byPAUL ROBESON
in thatarea.ThisInformant
stated
thattheaboveconcerts
wereheld.
undertheauspicesoi theHarlem
Division of the Civil RightsCongress.
It is furtherto be notedthat the Civil RightsCongress
has
a
beendesignated
Coxmunist
organization
by theAttorney
General
andcomes
within the purviewof ExecutiveOrder9635.

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Goniidential Infomant T-&#39;7,


known
of reliability, advised
that EOSLIT;3INN of926 LafayetteAvenue, Brooklyn,
New York,was oneof a
group ofinividuals who had
solicited signatures
to the New York
State
Communist Party
Nominating Petitions
in l9h6, in Lewis,Oneida, and
Otsego
Counties»

On April 5, 1950, Confidential InformantT-3 stated that


rt I 5 no"»:ng>4f1m,
East
890
sen
Street, new
Iork City,was on
the 191;;
- 19119
Mailing List of the Workers Book:
Shop, S0East 13th Street, Manhattan,
New York.

On March29, 19117,Confidential Informant T-8, of known


reliability, advised that the Workers Book
Shop isan outlet for Communist
Party literature. According tothis Informant, it is a self-supporting
establishment, operated
by a Communist Party
member, and
an integral part
of the Communist Party.

On October 21, l9h9, Confidential Informant T-9, oi known


reliability, stated that the subject andhis wife, ROSI- ZN ZIITN,
are cur-
rently members of Lodge1450 ofthe International Workers Orderandhave
been memberssince May 19746-
Itis to be noted that the International Workers Order
has beendesignatedaCommur1ist
organization bythe Attorney General and
Q within
comes the purviewof Executive Order 9335.
Confidential Informant T-<3 advisedon March31, l9h9 that
HOWARD ZI192I92I,
telephone number
GLenmore 2-19214,
was oneoi agroup of
individuals who was believed by this Informant to be a Communist Party
11161111381 :

Itis to be noted that


the 19h9 "Brooklyn telephone director IY
reflected that HOWARD ZINNof 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York,
at that time subscribed
to telephonenumber GLenmore
2-l9Eh.
Mr. "ti. STUTKEAN, Assistant
Manager, Lillian Wald Housing
Project, NewYork City Housing Authority,574 Avenue
D, Manhattan,New York,
advised that he had no knowledge of Communistic activities interest
or in
Communism onthe part of the subject,

The following
had no information regarding the subject:1&#39;ni ormants,of known reliability,
Confidential
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Mr .M. S i UTUAI92I, Lillian
Assistant Erfanager, WaldHousing K
Project,
NewYork
CityHousing
Authority,
5!.;
Avenue
D,Eianhattan,
NewYork,
that
advisedrecords reflectedthat HO?fé.RD
ZINN,Apartment
S-G,890East
6th Street, New York City, resided
has above
in the &#39;
apartment since August

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have
,--T1
I nee""SC&#39;I-iECHTER,
,
22&#39;,
two
chlildren
--T iand
these
1914.9. According to records, th gibigz OSLYN
and his wit

disclosed
It was further that the subject was formerly en-
ployedas a clerk at a grocerystore at 936I-Eadison
Street, NewYorkCity.
l .ss.S. S?iYl I~E,Recording Department, egistrars Office,
ew Yorl: University, nashingiton Square College, tier; York. City, advised that
records reflected that EDWARDZ1231;has been attending New York University
that
since February 19b9, he
he was born on August 214, 1922, and that former-
ly resided at 926 Lafayette Avenue,Brooklyn,lieu York.
These records further disclosed that the subject attended
19141
BrooklynCollege, Brooklyn,NewYork, from June1939 to June and that
he _1 . ormerly
attended the ThomasJefferson High School. These records also
disclosed that the subject was a Second Lieutenant in the United States
ArmyAir Corpsin World,War I, frny serial number0786515,and that he was
issued United States Veterans Administration claim number G- T-3405-61.12. 1
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According to Ziiss SEZYTBE,
if the subject continued at the
nomal rate ~:>;f.&#39;
advanceient, he woulc complete the requirements of the
Jiachelor of Arts degree by June 1951.

L. . BOEGE,Personnel Manager, Lerner Shops, 35!; hth


151&#39;.
Ya
ZINE,
Avenue,NewYork City, advised that records reflect that HOWAILD who
has been employedwith this companysince August 17, l9h9, and ona part-
time basis since January 16, 1950, resides at 890 6th Avenue, Manhattan,
I-for: York.

According; to lir. , the subject was born on August 2&4,


1922, is married, formerly resided at 578 Lafayette Avenue,Brooklyn,New
a
York and was Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Corps from Yrfay
Z1211?
19113to December1945. Lir. EOEGEadvised that has been issued iocial
Security number06$-16-SE65.

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1-fr. . i.L. EOEGE advised that the above records reflect that
the subject was formerly emplo yed ty the following concerns:

1. Associated 612.;
Transport, &#39;.&#39;iashing;ton
Street, Her; Yorl:
City, from July 19L-,3to July 19b9, in the position of
a shipping clerk<

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2. New York City Housing Authority, Park Row, New York
City, from Aug1stl9h6 to July 19148.
3. Stutz Textile Company, Leonard Street, Manhattan, New
19hO
York, from October to Kay 19343,in the position of
a shipping clerk.

The records of the Board of Elections, Manhattan, New York


reflect that H0&#39;NAT.D East
ZIIIH, 890 6th Street, Manhattan, lieu York, registered
for the 19349elections indicating a preference for the American Labor Party.

According to these records, the subject indicated that he was


27 years of age, married, that he resided 27 years in the state, 27 years
in the county, that he was employedat Lerner&#39;s
Warehouse,hth Avenueand
26th Street, Manhattan, NewYork, and that he had last registered in the 19h8
elections from 369 Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

i The subject&#39;s
wife, BOSLYN
ZINN, registered for the 191,9
elections and, according to the above records, also indicated a preference
for the American Labor Party.

She stated on these records that 2?


she was years of age,
married, that she resided 27 years in the state, 27 years in the county, and
that she had last registered in l9h8 from 369 VernonAvenue, Brooklyn, New
York. She stated that her occupation was "housewife."

No record of the subject could be located at the Credit Bureau


of Greater New York.

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The Confidential Informants mentioned in
the report of fbvc
SA| |dated AUG 21 kju ,at New York
are asfollows:

T-l Apretext call made by


the writer to Mrs. EDWARD
ZINN, Apartment 5-G, 890
East 6th Street, New York
City, Telephone number
Algonquin 4-8325.

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by SA.
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who requestecrthat
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SA

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1946 New York State Communist
Party Nominatin &#39;
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obtained
and R.
C.
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COMPTON of the
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Albany office, from originals


file
on at the office of the
Secretary oi the State
of New .b6
York, Albany, New York. Ib7C

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25> 1952
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the captioned
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NATIVE BORN NATURALIZED ALIEN

COMMUNIST SOGIALIST woR<EBs PARTY INDEPENDENT SOCIALI ST LEAGUE

MISCELLANEOUS Specify!
TAB FOR DETCOM U TAB FOR COMSAB BABE SEX

DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH

BUSINESS ADDRESS
Show nameof employing concern. and address!
_Lerner Shops Shipping
Dept.!
351; hth
Avenue, N.Y.C.

NATURE OF
INDUSTRY OR
BUSINESS Specify from Vital Facility List!
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ed to ROtTYL AIL
8/2L/22 at
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Brooklyn, New
white and aU.S.
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citizen
by reason 0 his birth i the U.$. He graduated from New York
University A ith aP A degree in June, l9:l LIT" served in the
U.¬. Army
A ir from
Corns 6/9/h3 to ll/30/MS, being discharged
in the rank I of Second Iieutenant. He was formerly emnloyed by
the Lerner Shoes, 35h Fourth Avenue, New York City, until
2/21;/S3, wh fen this emnlovment was terminated His
current emn loyment is
w unknown He resides at 890 East 6th
Street, New York City

OMPUNI°T ?AETY ACTIVITY

I n19h6 and l9h7, ZINN was active in American


the
Veterans Com mittee, and March
in l9q8,he was reliably renorted
to be a me
m er of the Communist Party, attending party

meetings an
nb
Z
roximately
five nightsaweek -»
selected fr
INN in
19MB was believed to be one of agrout
om
tne Sixth Assembly District, Vings County V,
Communist P arty as afraternal delegate to the New York aw
State Conve ntion of the Communist Farty In 19 9 he was emnloyed
at the Amer ican Labor Party headquarters in Brooklyn, Lew York ?L/
I nformation was also received that LO ARD ZIUF
was on the 19h?-19h9 mailing list of the Workers Book Chop

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KY 100-90892

On 12/19/#9, ZINE was reported to be one of agroun


of individuals who had
filed Notice ct Intention to file a
claim against
the State of Hew York as aresult of the "riots" at
Peekskill, New&#39;York,
in August and September, l9hQ.
In February, 1952 aneighbor of the subject advised
the New York Office that she believed the subject to be a
Communist.

Information received on 6/12/53, indicated that the


subject was nossibly in contact with persons operating
in the Communist Party underground.
HOUARD ZINWis asubject of the Security Index of the
New York Office.

PLAN OF APPROACH

It is contemnlated that the residence of HOWARD


ZIHN at 890 East 6th Street, New York City, will be placed ~
under discreet surveillance. when the subject is observed
leaving his residence alone, and when he is adiscreet distance
from his place of residence, he will
be contacted in adirect
manner by two agents assigned to the Security Informant Program.
The interview with ZINE will be conducted in accordance with
existing Bureau instructions pertaining to contacts under
this program.

Bureau authority is requested to contact HOWARD


ZINE under the Security Informant Program.

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wasobserve
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discree y surveilled from the immediate vicinity.
and
He was
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contacted between Fifth and Sixth Streets D,
and Avenue NYC,
by the above-mentionedagents. The agents introduced themselves j.
to ZINN and advised him that they had a confidential matter
to discuss with him. ZINN wasiadvised that the agents were
contacting him in the above described manner because they desired W 1..
2
to avoid any possible embarrassment to him at his home or h_i
employment. The Bureau&#39;s
responsibil ities in the internal
security field were noted to ZINN and he was advised that itwas 92
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for this reason that being
he was con tacted. was told that
being
he was not contacted with the i dea of intimidating or
having him incriminate himself but for the purpose of determining F.
92_
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V his attitude towards aiding the Unite d States Government. It
§<;;was
noted
that
g %veteran
and he
had wasacitizen
certain ofth
is country,
responsibilities
a parent
tohimself,
and
hisfamily
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and country. L4

&#39;- He was advised that the Bure au had received informa-


ition concerning his associations with the
GP and was affording
- him this opportunity to discuss it FBI.
with agents of the
j@92ZINN now
statedthat he wasnot or was he a
ever member of the >-
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9, GP. He acknowledged
that perhapshis activities in&#39;thepast "4
A Ihad opened him to charges that he was associated with the CP /MI
. ;92asa member;however, he was not.
He also denied that his
N 92wifewas or had been a GP member.
He stated that he was a
people
pZ 92liberaland perhapssome would consider him to be a
ZINN
"leftist." said that he had par ticipated in the activities
of various organizations which might be considnedCommunist
xu $Fronts
butthathis participation
wasmotivated by his belief

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that in this country people had the right to believe, think
and act according to own
their ideals. He stated, however,
that the individual right should not be extended to violate
the rishts of others. He continued that he did not believe
in the doctrine of force and violence and further that any
individual or organization did not have
the right to advocate
or teach the overthrow of the Government of the United States
force
by or violence. ZINE stated that if he had knowledge
of persons
who advocate
this principle
would advise
he the
FBI. He said that nzane of his associates to his knowledge
advocate the
use offorce orviolence. Healso statedthat we
would advise the FBI if he observed persons committing acts
of sabotage or espionage against the Government. Headvisedi
that he
would defend this
country in the event of war against}
any enemy including the Soviet Union. pg
According to ZINN, he was not ashamed of his past
activities and did not believe that or
he his activities
constituted athreat to the security of this country or our
Government. ZINE acknowledge that perhaps some of the members
of the organizations with which he
had been associated might
be CP
members but he was also certain that not all of the
members of these organizations were CP
members. L4
During the interview, ZINN admitted that he was
associated with
the American
Veterans Committee
in l9h6 and!
19h? and had served in l9h8 as Vice Chairman of the Kings &#39;
County Comittee of the American Veterans Committee. He
also admitted that he was amember of the Steering Committee of
the "Veterans Committee Against the Mundt-Nixon Bill in
l9h8." He stated that he was associated with this Committee
because he believed the bill was too restrictive and unusually
harsh. He advised that itwas possible that he had signed
apetition or paperin l9h8 indicating supportof Communist
SIFON W. GERSCN who was petitioning to be seated in the
Counsel seat vacated because of the of
death PETER V.
CACCHIONE. It was noted that ZINN did not attempt to justify
this support of GERSON. ZINN also admitted that he was
employed
the
by American Labor
Party in Brooklyn, NewYork,l
during l9h9. He defended employment
this stating
by that
he believed the American Labor Party was "truly a political
party." He also admitted that
he was today associated with
the ALP. ZINE also advised that he had attended the "Peekskill

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Riots" andhad filed suit against the State


of New York
as ,2
aresult of the riots which occurred at Peekskill, New York,
after aconcert by PAUL ROBESON. ZINN
stated that he had
attended the concert given by ROBESONat Peekskill, New
because
York, he believed that in America aperson should
have the right to
perform regardless of his political beliefs.
admitted
ZINN also that he was amember of the IWO but stated 1
that his interest in organization
this was entirely:for the
insurance benefits. L4
During the interview, again
ZINN that
denied he or
his wife were ever GP members. He also that
denied he had
ever attended aconvention of the NewYork
State GP asaA/
delegate. LA
During the interview, rather
ZINN reluctantly
that
advised he was currently attending Columbia University
studying for aPhD Degree in History. In he
addition,
stated that he was self-employed as afree lance writer. L,K
In regard to the denials made by ZINN
concerning
his GP membership and his attendance as adelegate at a
lléil/ 7E::?7iffjadvised
New Yo k convention,
ZINN&#39;s
that name appeared
it will
on a
1_ of ad ressographstencils at GP Headquarters,35 East
b2
be noted that
on

tn Stre-et mo. In addition, on 7/15/L|.8, Confidential -W


was
ormant£;:;:;:::]made
ZINN s eas a fraternal
information
available
delegate of
HABVIE
that
the Kings County
noted
GP to
Confidenti
that 3/27/hB /lnformantE2:7i:fadvise
the New

en route to New York o


St
York te conventi

on aennsylvania=Railroad
while he GP. kit also
is

from
train Washington sat next to ayoung who
man identified
himself as HAMERD~ZINN of 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn,
New York. Subject, HOWARDformerly
ZINN, resided at 926
Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York!. According to this ,
informant, advised
ZINN during the conversation that he was a &#39;
of
memberthe CPand thathe wasattending GP
meetings five !
nightsaweekin Brooklyn,
New York§ ?!92,A!
during
ZINN, the interview, was courteous, friendly
and willing to discuss his activities with the agents except

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for the denials noted


previously. He was reluctant,.however,
to discuss o
various Communist
erpersons
th
organizations.
front
were
who associated
It is
with him.in
believed that
the I
ZINN should be recgntacted under the Security Informant
5Z During
Program. the reinterview , ZIWN
1w ill again be questioned
concerning
VZ
to him
GPamhis
bme
ership and
as associated &#39; with the
concerning persons
CP ~bL
known ///
Bureau authority isrequested to reinterview
ZINN. This interview will be conducted in accordance with
existing instructions pertaining to contacts under this Pro
gram. LL

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ill forwarded
interview with ZINN.
L4
and the at
Areport
completion
of the//
is not being prepared at this time but

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11/25/S3
and
originalandfive copies
Y1et
Bulet
12/17/53,
report
of the
Enclosed-.
of SAWILLIAM
herewith
LaEDDX,
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dated2/2h/Sh, ¢. &I;
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On1/27and29/5h,
and2/2,5,5andi9/5h;
thesubject&#39;s
residence
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at 890East6thQtreet,New &#39;
YorkCity, was laced*under¥discreet
surveillance.
Subject
was
not
observed
on1/27, or S/Sh._
29,or_2/S On
2/8/Sh;
ZINNqW8S_.
,
observedleavinghis apartment
building,.butwasnot~observ§d
underconditions"__ 1
leavinghis &#39;
permittingdiscreetcontact On2/9/Eh,ZINN§was agai .observed -"i
apartment
buildingHewasdiscreetly
surveilled
fromtheimmediate
nei &#39;
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[§nd_annLajZed
onAvenue
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near
East
SthStreet,
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City,
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agents greeted
The ZINN
and
heindicated
that:he remembered *
the ]_%§;
agentsfromthe previousinterview. Hewascourteous H
in his greetingandmade-
- no attemptto avoidthe interview Theagentsinquiredof himif he hadgiven &#39;
-
topics
thoughtto the discussed duringthe initial interview. &#39;ZINN
advised j
that he hadconsidered
the previousinterview,but¬that.hefhad
nothingto add -7,
or subtractfromhis statements.It wasagainpointedout to the subjectthat .;~; ~
he wasnot
being purpose
contactedfor the of having him &#39;
incriminaterhimsel
or to intimidate him, but that the agentsweregiving himan opportunityto
further discuss his former activ 1t y w1th certain&#39;subversiveforganizatipns.
hHep
92wasagainaskedconcerninghis CP membership, pointingout that duringthe p"
initial interviewhe haddeniedthat either he
92CP or his wife weremembers of thef ;
ZINNhesitatedenuireplied
that if he hadbeenassociatedwith.aIsubversive"§7
1 organization,that hewouldnowhavetermdnatedJthts;association.""ConcerningI I .1
1 the information a
that hewas delegateto the NewYorkStateQPConvention in . ~i;
19b8,
July, ZINNagainadvisedthathecouldnotirecallhaving attendedtheState ,9;
Convention
Healsostatedthathecouldinot
re&#39;c&#39;a]_.l-&#39;
having
Conference
of theJoint
Anti-Fascist
Refugee asaa_ttende
Committee d&#39;~the
19117 -»;&#39;
representative.of
"I ~?

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violence
znm
again
stated
and f
that
knew
hedid notcbelievelin its;5
the-fp1¢inéi"pi&#39
o no one who did advocate this principle He stated
e did not consider himself
or be
any of his friends to a threat to the
of this country He stated no
that under circumstances would he
or furnish information concerningthe political
Q~ Q &#39;---opinions
L of others.
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After approximately ten minutes, ZINN indicated that he had a


previous appointment and commitment, and that he would
be unable to continue
the interview. The interview was terminated with ZINN with him shaking hands
with both of the interviewing agents.
92 Additional pertinent statements
made ZINN
by have
been set
forth in
a rerep.

It is the opinion of the interviewing agents that during the second


interview ZINE was courteous, but reluctant. He has admitted during the two
interviews association with certain GP fronts, but has refused to furnish
information concerning his GP membership, and has also refused to furnish
information concerning other
persons active in the GP or in GP front organi-
zations. During both interviews, ZINN would not volunteer information, and
the information obtained was the result of repeated pointed questions. It
is believed that additional interviews with ZINN would not turn him from his
current attitude; therefore, he will not be reinterviewed under the SI program,
and this matter will be considered closed.

His name will be retained in the SI of the DIYO.

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znm is astudent at ceimibis University Graduate School obtaining a211.1!. Degree
in History. He resides at 890 E. 61-.nSt., mrc. znm interviewed on 11/:..6/53
and 2/9/SI4. He
denied GP membershipand stated that he did not believe in the
principle of force and violence and would defend the U.S. in the event of awar
1vith&#39;the SovietUnion.
He admitted past association with ALP,
the American Peace
Mobilization, American Veterans Conmaittee, IWO, and "Peekskill Disorders." De-
scription setforth
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subject
astudent
the
writer
and
at
by SA
On November
Columbia
ZINN that
Universi yGr
advised
was
he currently
16, 1953 and Februa 9, 1951;, during interviews with the
ua eool studying to 8.ards
W Ph.D. Deee
gr
in History. He also advised that he
is self-employed doing
writing. ,some,- §g,esJ,~"=-
free-lan e92 A Q3
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Recordstheof e strar&#39;s
Office, ColumbiaUniversity, NewYg itf
made availableto SA by Miss
on February" 15,9219511, so os
SGULIEI,
M. to Assistan
the
Registra
aHOWARD ZINN has enrolled for the Spring
Semester of1951;, -doingresearch work working toward aPh.D. Degree in History.
rhearegistraws records _;I: urther indicated that
ZINN has been enrolled
in the
&#39;Graduat&#39;Ree.Seho
at
i oitmbia olUniversity since 1951,
July, and that he
obtained
his Master&#39;s
Degree d June S, 1952. Z _T
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Residence

On February 9, 1951;, information obtained from Informant T-l, of


known reliability, verified that HOWARD ZINNresides with his wife and two
children at 890 East 6th Street, New York City, Apartment SC.

AFFILIATION WITH GOMMIJNIST MOVEMENT

Association with Communist PartyFront


Information obtained on June 12, 1953, from T-2, of known reliability,
indicated that HOWARD ZINN
was associated with the "Committee of One Thousand."

The "Guide to
Subversive Organizations and Publications," prepared
and released by
the Committee on Un-American Activities», U. S. House oi Repre-
sentatives, Washington, D. C. , May lh, 1951, contains the following concerning
the Committee of One Thousand:

"A Communist created and controlled front organization! which was


created raise
to funds for the defense of the 19 unfriendly witnesses before
the Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities Yinvestigation of
Communist activityin Hollywood, 1O of whomwere indicted for contempt of
Congress. California Committee on
U11-.§1I@I iO3-1&#39;1
Rqnort,
Activities,
19148,
PP: and 35¢"
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On February
22, 1952,Mrs. MATTHEW
GRELL 890
East 6thStreet, We
neighbor the
HUHARD ZINN
of
subject,
mms bbeb
and Mrs. J"ULIUS SC , 0
she
Street,
th
considered
to be either
Communists orCommunist sympathizers. Mrs. GRELLstated that she had observed
copies of the "Daily Worker" in Mrs. SCI-IE]l£AN&#39;S
apartment and noted that
Mrs. SCHEHIAN was agood friend of HOWARD ZINN. Mrs. GRELLwas unable to
furnish any additional information pertinent to either Mrs. SCHEIMLEH or
HOWARD ZIMT.

pThe "Daily Worker"


is an East Coast
Communist
newspaper.
daily
INTERVIEWS WITH HOWARD ZINN
>5!
On November6 and February 9, 19511, HOWARD
znm was interviewed
the writer andSA During
by the interview on November
6, 1953,,
ZINN announced
that his ac 1 ies the past hadopened himto chargesthat 1%
he was
associated with
the Cozmmmist
Party asamember;however, he
stated br/C
that he was I1O&#39;b92_3.
Communist Party
member. ZINNstated that he wasalij siral

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people
and that perhaps some would consider him to be a "leftist." ZINN
he
Stated that had participated in the activities oi various organizations
which might be considered Communist fronts, but that his participation was
motivated by his belief that in this country people had the right to believe,
think and act according to their ownideals. He stated, however, that the
individual s rights should not be extended to violate the rights oi others.
He further stated that he did not believe in the doctrine of force and
do
violence and that individuals or organizations not have the right to
overthrow
advocate or teach the of the government of the United States by
force and violence. ZINN stated that if he had knowledge of persons who
he
advocatedthis principle would advise the FBI. He said that noneof his
associates, to his knowledge, advocate the use of force and violence. ZINN
also stated that he would advise the FBI
if he observed persons committing
acts of sabotageor espionageagainst the government. He advisedthat he
woulddefendthis countryin the event of war against any enemy,including
the Soviet Union.

oi his past activities and


Accordingto ZINN, he was not ashamed
did not believe that he constituted a threat to the security oi this country
He
or our government. acknowledged
that perhapssomeof the members
of the
he
associations with which he had been associated might be GP members,but
was also certain that not all oi the members of these organizations CP
were
members.

ZINN admitted that he was associated with the American Veterans


Committee in 19146and 19h ?,and that he had servedin 1-9148
as Vice Chairman
oi the KingsChuntyCommitteeof the AmericanVeterans Committee-.He also
stated that he was a memberof the Steering Committeeof the "Veterans
Gommittee in
Against the Mundt-NixonBill" l9h8. He stated that he was
associated with the latter committee because he believed the Hundt-Nixon
He !&#39;Sh¢~
Bill was too restrictive and unusually h3. advised that it was
possiblethat he hadsigneda petition or paperin l9h8 indicating support
of 6. cnmur .st
SIMONW. GERSON was
who petitioning to be seated in the council
ZINN
seat vacated because of the death of PETERV. CACCHJEONE. also advised
that he wasemployedby the AmericanLabor Party in Brooklyn, NewYork,
during 19149. He defendedthis employment by stating he believed the ALP
was"truly a political party. He also admitted that he was today associated
with the ALP.

ZINN also advised that he had attended the "Peekskill Disorders"


York
andhad filed suit against the State of New as a result of the riots
York,
whichoccurredat Peekskill, New after a concert by PAULROBESON. He
stated that he had attended the concert given by ROBESON
at Peekskill, New
York, because
he believedthat in. America personhada right to perform
regardless ZINN
oi his political beliefs. that he wasa member
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of the International Workers Order but stated that his interest in this
organization was entirely for the insurance benefits.
On February 9, 19514, ZINN was reinterviewed by the above-mentioned
agents. He again denied that he
or his wife were members of the CP. He
further stated if
that he had been associated with asubversive organization
he would
now have terminated that association. He again stated he
that could
not recall having attended the 19148 New York State OP Convention as a delegate
from the Sixth Assembly District, Kings County. He also advised that
he
could not recall having attended ameeting of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee
Committee as arepresentative of the American Veterans Committee.

ZINN recalled that he made atrip to Chicago, Illinois, about


1911? or l9h8, and advised that it was possible that he could have made this
trip as adelegate to the American Peace Mobilization. He stated, however,
that he would not consider aperson athreat to the security of the country
as a result of association with this organization, stating that it is some-
times necessary for responsible persons to associate with organizations of
this type hisbllave agood purpose.

During the second interview, ZINN again advised that he realized


that his past activities had opened him to allegation concerning his loyalty.
However, he reiterated thathe
was not a member of the CP and does not believe
in the doctrine of force and violence. He again stated that he would advise
the proper authority if he had knowledge of persons who were committing or
had the intention to commit an act of sabotage or espionage against the a
United States. He questioned
whether theGP was
actually a threat to the 92,
security ofthe United
States and
whether the
CP leaders
were justlyconvicted. /J
noting the minority opinion of the Justices of the SupremeCourt. ZINN con-

cluded the interview by stating that he would not under any circumstances
testify or furnish information concerning the political opinions of others.
It will be noted, as set forth that
above, HGWAHD ZINN
admitted
association with several Communist Party front organizations. These
organizations are documented below:

AMERICAN LABOR
PARTY

The "Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications," prepared


and released by the Committee onUn-American Activities, U. S.
House of
Representatives, Washington,
1:. c., May 1h,1951, oootoioo
tho following
concerning the Amer-ican Labor
Party:

"1. For years, the Communists haveput forth the greatest efforts
to capture the entire American LaborParty throughoutNew YorkState. They

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City they havebeen unableto win control.
Special Conmittee on Un-American Activities, Report, March 29, l9h14, p.
7,8."
"2. Among organizations that are victims of Communist domination.
California Committee on
Un-American Activities, Report, 19148, pp. 140 andbl."
On October 18, 1950, T-3, of known reliability, advised that
without question, the dominant force in the American Labor Party is the
Communist Party. The informant said every
that CP member, with the exception
of a few labor leaders, enrolled in the American Labor Party. I-3 noted that
it is regarded as apolitical obligation and
by each CP
every member that
he
enroll and vote ALP. 1

AMERICAN PEACE MOBILIZATION

The American Peace Mobilization has been designated by the Attorney


General of the United States pursuant to Executive Order 101450.

AMERICAN VETERANS COMMITTEE

Informant F-14,who has furnished reliable information in the past,


advised on November LL, 19146 that the Steering Committee of the Metropolitan
Area Council of the American Veterans Committee, which iscomposed of all
the chapters located in the New York
area, had been captured by the Communists.

The "New York Sun" for January 18, 19147, contained astory to the
effect that the American Veterans Committee does not consider its<.Commnnist
problem nation-wide, but that it admitted that the New York area Chapter was
"Red Ridden."

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS
ORDER IWO!
The International Workers Order has been designated by the Attorney
General of the United States pursuant to Executive Order 101150..

"Pee_l:ski1l Disorders
Inibrmant T-5, of known reliability, advised that the "Peelcslclll
Disorders" of August 27, and September9, 19149, in the vicinity of Peekskill,
New York, were the outgrorrth of aconcerts given by singer PAUL ROBESON. The
informant stated that the concerts were held under the auspices oi the Harlem
Division of the Civil Rights Congress.

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organization
designated by the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to Executive
Ord r

It will also be noted that ZINN denied GP membership and having


attended the New York S1-,ate Convention of the Communist Party as adelegate
of the Sixth Assembly District, County,
Kings New York. 1

Informant T-6, of known,reliability, advised about May 3, 19118


that HUNARDZINN of 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, had indicated
that he was a mbmber of the GP and that he attended party meetings five nights
aweek Brooklyn,
in New York.

Informant T 7, oi known reliability, made available information on


July 15, 19148, whichindicated that HONIE ZINN a
was Fraternal Delegate from
the Sixth Assembly District, Kings County CP, to the NewYork State Convention
of the CP. 1

ZINN also advised that


he couJ.d not recall having attended a
conference of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee as a representative
of the American Veteran; Gonmittee.

Records of the New York City Police Department, Bureau of Special


Services andInvestigation, reviewed about March,l9h9, indicated that HOWARD
ZINN of the Kings County Committee,American VeteransCommittee, advised an
employee ofthe JAFRCon February ll, 191; ? that the American Veterans Committee
was sendingas oneof the delegates to the conferenceof the JAFRC tobe held
February 16, 19h7, HGWARD
znw, 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
It is noted that the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Cozmnittee has been
designated bythe Attorney General of the United States pursuantto Executive
Order 19150.

The followingphysical description of HWARDZINI was obtained


through personalobservation of the subject by and the
write the New YorkState Motor ec eureau reviewed Ib6
by Ib7C
Name HOWARD ZINN
Alias HOWIE ZINN
Sex Male
Race White
Date of Birth 8/2h/22
Residence 890 East 6th Street, Apt. 5G,
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INFORUANTS

Identity of Date of Activity Date Agent to File No-


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Physical Residence oi subject. 2/9/5h sea Instant


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Documentation of ALP

Documentation of American Veterans Committee

Documentation of "Peekskill Disorders"

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OP membership 5/ 3/I48
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Fraternal Delegate HARRINGTON 10.83


from Kings County
GP, 6-bhAID, to NY
ICE : State Convention of GP

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Records of BSSI, NYCPDreflect HOWARD ZINN, 1023
Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, was adelegate to the
American Peace
Mobilization in
Chicago, Illinois, representing
92f the idgewood Peace Council. They further reflect subject and
twenty four members of the American Veterans Committee assisted
in gicketingbutcher shops
on
DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn,
N. Y.on
7/1 /us. Record-s also reflect HOWARDZINN, President of
Williamsburg Veterans Committee, s oke at mass meeting on 3/10/ho,
sand at
city council
hearing in
l9hE. Q43
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has reliable
information theinb7D
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u past, a vised on 11/21/h? that


the of
name HOWARD ZINN,
926
&#39;
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ograph stencils at Communist Party Headquarters, 35 East 12th
Street,
A,
NYC.
The 6/h/#8 issue
of the "Daily Worker", reflects that
HOWARD
was
ZINN amember of the steering committee of the "Veterans
Committee Against the undt-Nixon Bill". ZINN was among the group
of the National Veterans Caravan to Washington, D. C. on the
anniversary
D-Day,
of 6/6/hB.
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past,
[;:;::; WFO!,has whofurnished
reliable informationin thek w
av se on 3/27/h8 that Howam znm told him of his coming ,
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to Hashim ton, D. C. on 3/25/H8 and helped picket the White House 3
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in connection
with thepicketing sponsored
the American
by
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Committee to protect the Jewish State and the United Nations. ZINN Z
indicated that he was a member of the Gomunist Party and that he 0
attended
92}"/ Party
meetingsfive nights aweek in Brooklyn. ;zf!. bE!
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DORIS ZINN, 926 Lafayette Avenue,
sister, contacted under pretext in
Brooklyn, who
early l9h9,
is the
advised
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3? Party
Headquarters,
Brooklyn,
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|:|who hasfurnished
reliable
infornn tion in the
past, advisedon 7/lb/LB
that HOWIE ZINNwasbelieved to be
one of a group
of individuals selected from the 6th A.D.,
Kings CountyComunistParty as a fraternal delegateto the
New
YorkStateConvention
of the Comunist
Party. 11%} b2

past, av
whoe has
furnished
reliable
inform
onh/S/50that HOWARD
tionin the
ZINN,890East6th Street,
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NYC,was on the l9H7"h9 mailing list of the WorkersBook


shop,50 East13th Street, Manhattan,
NewYork. ,
[:;::::;::::]who
has furnished rd.iable informationin
the pas, mae available on 6/12/53 information from material
1

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apartment 10E, 226 East 12th
92 Street, NYC,indicating the name
HOWARD ZINNwason a list
entitled "Comm.
of 1000". GOLDSTEIN
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asa part
of
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apparatus
of theGP
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HOWARD
zmmwasinterviewed
by
agents
of the NewYork
Office and stated he was not
a
Communist
Party member. He further stated that he did not
believe in the doctrine
of force and violence and that in~
dividuals or organizations do not havethe right to advocate
or teach the overthrow
of the governmentof the United States
by force and violence. ZINNadmitted that he was associated
with the AmericanVeteransComittee in 19h6andl9h7, and
that he hadservedin 19h8as vice chairman
of the KingsCounty
Committee
of the American Veterans Committee. He also stated
that he was a member
of the steering cnmmittee
of the "Veterans
CommitteeAgainst the Mundt-Nixon Bill" in l9h8. He advised
that it waspossible that
he had signeda petition or paper
in 19h8indicating support
of Communist
SIMON W. GEHSONwhowas
petitioning to be seated in the council seat vacated because
of the death
of PETERV. CACCHIONE.ZINN also advised that he
wasemplo,edby the AmericanLabor Party in Brooklyn, N. Y.
during
1959
and
was
further that
he
associated withtheALP today.ZINN advised
had attended the "Peekskill Disorders" and filed
R suit against the State
of
which occurredat Peekskill, N;Y.,
after
NewYork as
a result
of the riots
a concert by PAULBOBESON
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ZINN also admitted that he was


a memberof the International
WorkersOrderbut stated that his interest in this organiza-
tion was entirely for the insurance benefit. ZINN recalled
a
that he made trip to Chicago,Illinois, about19h?or l9h8,
it
and advised that was possible that he could have madethis tri p as
He
a delegate to the AmericanPeaceMobilization. questioned
a
whether the CommunistParty was actuall y thr eat to the security
of the United States and whether the Communist
Party leaders were
i
justl ZINN
y convcted. concludedthe interview by stating that
he wouldnot under any circumstancestestify or furnish informa~
tion concerning the political opinions of others.
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in sec letter 55-30, 4/12/55.
DETCOM TABBING

1. Subject not presently tabbed for Detcom.


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nent presence of the subject in its
division residing
as and working atthe
addresses ].istedbelow. The Atlanta" Division is being considered
the new office of origin.

Residence Address:
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is
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Division should affix the addresses reflected above and the
appropriate case file
number.!
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This subject was tabbed for Comsab. X
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subject was carried as aKey Figure or Top Functionary.
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HOWARD ZINN resides 411 Fourth


Avenue S.E. and a
is full time
instructor at Spelmam College,
both Atlanta,
in Georgia. Subject
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Petition for
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I.BACKGROUND

Residence

Apretext telephone call conducted by a Special


Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 15 8
1957, made to an individual at Spelman College Atlanta,
Georgia, revealed
that HOWARD
resides
ZINN at £4 Fourth
Avenue S.E., Atlanta, Georgia.
Former Residences

The Identification Record" for HOWARDZINN,


FBI #615 875 B, the
revealed following addresses:

1935-1937
1937-1939
1939-1940
19#O 2&9 Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn,
817 Park Avenue, Brooklyn,
5&9 Bushwick
lO23 LaFayette
Avenue, Brooklyn,
Avenue, Brooklyn,
New York
New York
New York
New York

Employgent
A pretext telephone call donducted by aSpecial
Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 15,
1957, made to an individual at Spelman College, Atlanta,
Georgia, revealed that HOWARDZINN
is a full time instructor
Spelmanvcollege.
at

Former Employment
Mrs. SALLIE TOWNSEND
, s&#39;1:
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st Orange, New Jersey, advised SA
on May 19, 1955, that subject was a
Teacher-Lecturer Upsula
at College, 345 Prospect Street,
East Orange, New Jersey,
at that time.

Education

BEVERLY FORSTER, Registrar


University, New York City, advised SA
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September 195A, that the subject resided at 890 East


Sixth Street and was born on August
2%, 1922, at New
York City. The records reflected that he received his
Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University in 1951
and as of April 1955 he was working for aDoctor of
Philosophy degree at Columbia Graduate School in History.
He received his Master of Arts degree Columbia
at
University on 5,
June 1952.

Identigicaticn ecord

for HOWARD ZINN,


FBI
The followigé
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Identification Record
Contributor of Name and Arrested or
Fingerprintsp Number__ Beceived;o_Z Charge Insposition
CS Comm Wash DC Howard Zinn FP Position: apprentice
Residence: 9/16/HO shipfitter Navy
1023 LaFayette NY NY Yard
Navy NY
Ave &
city
not given!
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Birth: 2#-22
Army Howard Zinn 5 26 #3
#32961l83 NYC NY

SubJect&#39;s army
serial number is A0 788515
Rank: Private

The fingerprint files for individual


this does
not include aphotograph

The fingerprint classification:


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T-2, who has furnished reliable information in


the past, adviseion August l9, 1953, that in August,
1953, HOWARDZINN, 890 East Sixth Street, New York City
9, New York, subscribed to the "National Guardian."
III .MISCELLANEOUS

Confidential infcrmants,who are familiar with


the various phases of OP activities in the New York City
area,were contacted in January, 1957, and after being exhibited
a photograph of the subject, they were unable to furnish
any information regarding him.

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who
T-l, has admitted his Communist Party
OP! membershipfrom about l9H8 to 1951 in the Manhattan-
Brooklyn, Nwe York, area, advised on October 4, 1956,
that HOWARD
ZINN was_,_g-E
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and is
believed to be_afm§mber cur;entlyHdueftoQthe-past.know1egg 8
the sour¢e*haa 6ri lm:*-Ihrormant advised he could not "
xs stssta iatsihnrre imgmpershig on the part o§ 2lENT t-1
¬ EETmade available a photograph of ZINN taken in about
igg
athe hyhich
Twelfth showedl instructing
aclas§*iQ;§aghg§§5§§y§g
AssemETy DTSfI¬tT*C?* eadquarters, 1
Breok1ynq~New York. o" * *

Evidence of CP Sympathies
records
The of the York
New City Police
Te by
ewed SA AUGUST J. MICEK and SE b6
||on November 9,l9#9, revealed that :b7C
OWARD
369
ZINN, Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn, New York,
Kings
County, witnessed aCP;Independent Nominating
Petition, pages 1564 and 1565, for BENJAMIN J. DAVIS
for the office of City Councilman, Twenty-first Senatorial
District, Borough of Manhattan, for the November, 1949
elections inthe City of York.
New

Mr. THOMAS E. WAGGAMAN, Marshal of the


Supreme Court
of the United States, made available
around October 1950 correspondence addressed to the
Supreme Court urging that the Court review the case
of The Trial of the Eleven."

One>of these pieces of correspondence


was a letter post marked August
18, 1950 and dated
August 15, 1950, which addressed
was to the United
States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. The letter
stated, I respectfully urge
you to fulfil the traditional
rule of the Court asthe watchdog of the Bill of Rights,
by revoking the Court of Appeals decision of the ll
Communist Leaders.

Free speech is the cornerstone of a


free America and it cannot be preserved unless the Smith
Act is declared unconstitutional.

"Howard Zinn"

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"NATIONAL GUARDIAN"; C
WEEKFY GUARDIAN
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The 19&9 report of the California Committee on


Un~American Activities the
cited "National Guardian" as
publication, launched in New York in l9#8 aiming at
national circulation, which it found to be from
its
inception notoriously Stalinist in its staff, writers,
management and content. 949 report of the California
Senate Fact Finding Committee on Un-American Activities,
page 394-!
The masthead of the "National Guardian, issue
of May 14, 1956, reflects that it published
is weekly by
Weekly Guardian Associates, Incorporated, 197 East 4th
Street, New York City.

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INFORMANTS

Identity Date of Activity Agent to File Numbr


of Source or Description Date Whom Where
of Information Received Furnishedo Located_
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source concealed and T symbols have been utilized in the
report onl y in
those instances where the identities of
the sources must be concealed
Informants
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INFORMANT I
DATE CONTACTED
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The pretext call on
I/15 57, was conducted by SA b7c
|| credit inquiry
The Atlanta Office is office of ori
of subject&#39;s
wife, ROSLYN
ZINN, Atlanta 100-5
REFERENCE
FD 128, dated 2/11/E7
ADMINISTRATIVE PAGE

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Pursuant to instructions of Inspector T.


A, HEALY
as contained in Atlanta Inspection Report 3/18/.57,
this case is being closed.

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SYNOPSIS

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NYC and had "D
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Section
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subject held aposition the
in GP Section,
but informant was not able to be specific
as to subject s position. Informant 1956
in
,furnished aphotograph taken by informant
showing subject instructing aclass basic
in
Marxism in 1951. Subject Chairman of AVG
Ghapter 1946 and in
19/48 marched in May Day " I
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DETAILS: I. AFFILIATION WITH THE comromsr

1957,
On June 12, T-l, who has admitted Communist
Party OP! membershipfrom about l9#8 to about the middle of
1953 in the Manhattan-Brooklyn area, New York City, furnished
the following information regarding HOWARDLZINN:

Informant was transferred to the Williamsburgh


Section of the or in Brooklyn in about 1949. time,
At that
HOWARDZINN was already a member of that section. Informant
stated it was his impression that ZINN was not a new member, but
had been in the GP for some time. -

Informant stated it was also his impression that


time
ZINN had at one been a member of the Labor Youth League
LYL!. Informant stated he had no proof ofLYL membership
on the subJect*s part and this information was merely his
impression.

LYL
The has been designated by the Attorney General
ofnthe
United
States
pursuant
to Executive
Order
10 50.

Informant stated he was a member of GP


the until
about the sumer of 1953. During this time, he was not a
as
member of the same branch of the GP the subject, but was a
member of the same section. Informant stated he attended
numerous section meetings with the subject between about
l9M9 and about the summerof 1953, Informant stated these
section meetings would be held approximately once every two
weeks. Informant stated he would not be able to be specific
as to the dates of any of these meetings, but such meetings
were held fairly regularly. They were held either at the
section headquarters or at the home of one of the members.

that
Informant recalled some meetings were held
at the subject&#39;s
home and at the home of one GEORGEKIBSHNER
on Lafayette Street in Brooklyn, but he was unable to recall
the location of any other meetings.

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to
As attendanceat these section meetings
subject&#39;s
during this period, informant stated subject mayhave missed
as
someof these meetings, but a general rule subject was
present.

stated
Informant he was brought up on
charges of
"whiteohauvinism" 1952.
by the OBin aboutthe summer
of
these
The meetingat which charges were brought up was at the
homeof GEORGE
KIRSHNER
on Lafayette Street in Brooklynand
subject was in attendance.

Informant stated his own attendance at


OP Section
meetings was curtailed after this incident, but he continued
to attend for about a year thereafter or until about the
sumer of 1953. Informant stated subject was in attendance
as before and he knew subject to be a or memberuntil the
time informant ceasedattending GPmeetings.
Informant stated it was his recollection that
during this period from 1949-1953, subject held a position
in the section. Informantdid not knowwhatposition subject
a
might have held, but subject appearedto be person with
some authority within the section.

_Informant stated he was unable to furnish details


as to thet hte of any of the abovemeetings.
On October 4,
1956, informant furnished a
1951
photograph of ZINN taken in about which informant
identified as a photographof2ENNinstructing
a class in
basic Marxism OP
at the 12th A.D. Headquarters,Brooklyn,
New York.

On June 12,
1957, informant advised that this class
was in connection with one of the aforementioned section
meetingsof the OP. Informant stated he waspresent at this
meeting and took the photograph.

Informant stated he recalled the lecture given by


subject Has on basic Marxism. Informant was unable to recall
the statute lecture except that subject took
of subject&#39;s

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the position that the basic teachings MARX


of and
LENIN
were sound and should be adhered to by
those present.

Qther than that


this class was during the latter
part of 1951, informant stated he was unable to be more
specific as to date, nor was he able to recall subject as
teaching any other class.

Concerning other activity on


the subject&#39;spart
on behalf of the GP, informant stated subject
would on
occasion be present at the section headquarters
in Brooklyn
on Sunday mornings inorder to distribute "The Worker" or to
help organize attempts to obtain subscriptions
to "The
Worker"
and/or the "Daily Worker." Informant stated this was not
regular activity and he was unable to state how
often
subject
night have been present. Inmmant explained that
this was rather informal activity and frequently some people
would show up only briefly and leave.

The "Daily Worker" is an East Coast Communist


daily newspaper, the Sunday edition of which is
"The Worker."

Informant stated he knew of no other OP activity


on subject&#39;s
part nor was he able to enlarge upon or add to
any of the above information.
IIMS . HI OELLAIIE
OIS

Records of the
bureau of Special Services, New
York city Police Department, as checked on June 7,
1957, by
SA AUGUST
J . HIGEK, reflect the following intonation;

HOWARD
ZINN, 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New
York, was a member of the Army Enlisted Personnel who marched
in the May Day Parade in 1948.
HOWARD
ZINN, 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, was
chairman of Number 24 - Gung Ho Brooklyn Ghapter of the
American
Veterans
GownitteeAVG!
in 1946.
Misss. swarms,Reéistrar&#39;s
Office, New
York -b6
I e st ton Square College, New
York City, advised we
SA in 1950 that prior
to 1949 the subject
ha res e a 6 Lafayette Avenue, lrooklyn, New York.

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Informants of the New York Division, who have


furnished reliable information in the past and who are
familiar with various phases of 01&#39;
activity in the New York:
area, werecontacted, but advised subject was unknown to
them.

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APPENDIX

MAY DAY --_-_--


,_..-¢-___.i- PARADE

JOHN LAUTNER, former OP member forever twenty


years, who at the time of is expulsion was Chairman of the
New York State
GP Review Oomission, advised April
on 30,
1951, that the annual May Day Parade is a GP function and
is sponsored the
by United Hay Day Gomittee.
The United Hay Day Gommittee has been designated
the
by Attorney General of the United States pursuant to
Executive 10450.
Order

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1&#39; ¢eE3Ie°ANe VETE3AN3eee¢°W4ITT3§


AConfidential Source, who has furnished reliable
information in the past, advised on November 14, 19%, that
the Steering Committee of the Metropolitan Area council of
the American Veterans Committee, which is composed of all
the chapters in the New York City has
area, been dominated
by Communists.

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INFOBMANTS

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F115 Number
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Sources c of Information H Furnished 7 Locatedc? 7
T l Sub3ect*s GP Ins tant
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activity

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concealed and
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the
in
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the source
in Ib7C
that
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concealed.
where the identity of the source must be
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documenting
in the
nt used
AVG
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hose was concealed at
his
request.
The confidential informants of the New York
Dividn who were contacted with negative results are:

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Contaoted 6/10/57 by sa JOHN


HIGGINS.
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contacted 6/13/57.
Gontacted 6/IQ/57.
Oontacted 6/6/57.
contacted 6/1%/57.
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ADMINISTRATIVE
The New York Offiee has no
additional information
regarding subject not previously furnished Atlanta.
Atlanta is office of
origin inthe case of
subJect s wife, BOSLYN ZINN Bufile 100-376498, Atlanta file
100-5644, New York file 1004023711!.

REFERENCE Report of
SA EDWARD P.GBIGALUS, 3/2Q/57, New York.
Bureau letter to Atlanta, 5/14/57.

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letter he Atlanta, 9/23/5&#39;7.
Fer the infomnation Qf the Bureau, the abave
captianed aubgeczts have 3.°¬_% I1I:. 1&#39;l<
:6 the Atlanta,
.%C}.
$2.. area, and 23.22::Qurrently reaming an Spelnian
cllege Gampus, Atlanta, zshwe RQWABH ZINNis
employed. as an instructor in the watery Bepartmant.

Reparta in the amve matters w:13.l be promptly


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fram Qpallman Cellege, tlanba, Eeorgia.
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SUBJECT :
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Re Bureau letter to Atlanta dated 5/ll/57.
On 6/at/57 Mr. J. D. Miws, A9 -4th Avenue, S.E.,
Atlanta, advised HOWARD ZINN and his wife ROSLYN,
who formerly resided at AA ~Ath Avenue,had moved from Q
that address during the latter part of May 1957. MIMS
stated theyleft Atlanta together andinformed him I y
Mrs. ZINN was "going back East but would return next
H ~
fall. MIMS advised would
they not return
to the
above address. I

Mr. MIMS stated the family consisted of one boy


approximately age 7 and agirl approximately age 9, in
92
addition to above subjects. A

xgx Eastwood
Station,
&#39;
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92,
* Atlanta,
Boulevard
EUI1
i advised
Dblc
||U.
6/24/57 that
had left
HOWARD ZINN,HM ~Qth
aforwarding
s. PostOffice, be
rve,

during
address
S.E.,
Avenue, S.E.,
the later
&#39;

part of May 1957, which was recorded 6/21/57, of


Spellman College, Atlanta.

During the scholastic year 1956~57, ZINN was ,&#39;


employed as a full~time instructor at Spellman Cduege, ,
which is aschool predominately for Negro women. i

On 6/EA/ii
atelenhene
gall was
madeSpellman
to ,
F

College by SA without identifying


self. Individual answering sta ZINN
ed was attending
school
summer
A at the Universit of Y Denver Den, -v e r,
Colorado, and could
be contacted by writing that
university c/o Pioneer The
Hall. individual stated
ZINN was expected to return to Atlanta for the beginning f
of the school
year 1957-58.

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is requested to venfy subject
HOWARD ZINN&#39;s
attendance atDenver University
and
ascertain ifsubject s wifeand familyare presently
residing with subject in the Denver area.
&#39;2
It is noted subjects formerly resided in the New
York City area
prior to residing Atlanta 1956 and in
the event ROSLYN ZINN
is not residing in Denver with
her husband,she maybe residing with somemember of
her family in NYC. "

Photos of subjects enclosed to Denver.

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" information from discontinued Panel iource
jurnie?zed
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wzcicr
section 8??!of the ieanual of Instructions. Yeaare
. furtfzer remindedthat prior to requestingauthority ,fro.,; 1;92
92§!
the L -Iureau
to interview casecurity subject i t is necessary 3
to sui-/it czcurrent investigative report. 92-
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"_ J Mimireflects that alsc on 1C--;Z~-56 -b&#39;7
t | wasa |furnished information to the effect rza owe ez ,b__
GPmember from .Z§50to 1951and wasbelieved by &#39;3
A
"_*§ i_1I
/aimto Icea current azea;Z;er
due to his past knozclezige
cf
Hozmrciaim. He admitted he could not substantiate this
in
F,
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T 92 current membersizipon part of Jinn tut madeavailable
a phatcgraphof efinntaken in about.2951whichL215
alleged
or
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to shew Yfinzz
instructing" a class in Lacie .Zarxicz>at the
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letter to Atlanta
Be: Resign Jinn
Howard inn
168-3?649"8
its-sceezr
, _ :?Z>e ew
For}: Divisicn should then institute
I-investigation
,. , . e ¢ _b6 .
additional
~ &#39;2d
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effort t
to
*1:
substantiate
1:" wits of
or
dis
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M
prove theellegatzcns cf szz {.2 neres _ ND
. - ~Fl -- we ewes
sucrz investigation to eaca cf the captzcnsl
I-&#39;13
ax res, w _ _
subjectsinreports suitaizle fordissemination.
The tlanta Division is authorised toconduct
asecurity investigation ofZlaward inn
in
accordance
with imstrazctisns
set forth in
section eve ofthe annual
of Instructions
governing individuals
holding ccaiezzic
positicns in
anznciitntien of learning-
Jizzultaneousl
y, acurrent security investigation
should conducted concerning
Eoslgyn iiinn.at
.
conclusion of
these investigations,
you snczfld
_suoz.;xt
your recsz=;:;endations
with respect to interviewing
both
subjects and
any TEl30¬T;I.i8?2¢you night
1G1&#39;i&#39;3
have concerningC¢?Z
the psszrible
inclusion oftheir names inthe tecnritgy
I?&#39;:&#39;$$Za 2J7a
The flewYcrh Bivisionsh dclearly understand be
that this instruction toreccntact with respect to ;b"/C
specific information
irnished by wenthe past does 1°79
net in any way countermrzcl the
instractiensin
Bureau
letter of ll-36&#39;-56 hethat
shouldmt be
consideredfor
developmentapanel
as source orsecurity informant.
NOTE
ON E&#39;LLOH/&#39;:
SI card
on The HowardZinn
was canceled
8-9-55. Zinn
was reportedly amember of the GP from1948
to
1951
and had past activity in the American LaborParty, the
AmericanPeace
laobilization, the American Veterans Jommittee
and the International Workers Order. Interviewed in 1953
and l954,-he
denied UP membership
but admitted front activitysoe
.b7C

Roslyn Zinn
is not on theSI
and is the wife ofH Zinn. ib&#39;7D
Sole source of her past UP
membership isthat of She
was reported to be amember of American Women for eace Z72 _,
1950. Girculated and signed aUP nominating petition in New York
in1946 and memberof I570 in New York in1949.
Howard Zinnhas recently joined the faculty of Spelman Oollege,
aNegrogirls school inAtlanta"
an Z Q
He andwzfe arewhite.
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Letter to Atlanta
Re: _Roslyn Zinn
Hbward Zinn
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I Information furnished by 53m
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IREPORTING
OFFICE O FFICE OF ORIGIN INVESTIGATIVE
DATE PERIOD
ATLANTA ATLANTA
10/*2/57 &#39;9/23
, 27/57
25 ,
TITLECASE
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MADE BY
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BY
HOWARD
WaZINN,
. | IMEL
CHARACTER or CASE

SECURITY MATTER C

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Subject
scholastic year
employed
Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.,
1956-1957, and presently employed
duringl r{:~.e,IfI,i_
as 5-. ; §"~¢~~.= f__;;
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Instructor in
History, Spelman
College, residing
on /44»-..+L.77,z4,,4
1~w&#39;.$.IiU ¢1&#3
campus Atlanta,
Ga. Subjectattended University
of /,,/,,/57
Denver, Denver, Colorado, duringsummer 1957.Subject /.9,;é7%,;Z
unknown to Confidential Informants Atlanta and Denver.
No credit rating Atlanta. No credit record Denver. AGENCY __@Z£__.;_
No arrest record located Atlanta or Denver. l l mi WP
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DETAILS: On January 15, 1957, a pretext telephone was


call
made to Spelman College, 350 Leonard Street, S. W.,
Atlanta, Georgia. The individual answering the phone stated
that HOWARD ZINN has
been employed as afull time instructor
by SpelmanCollege since the beginning of the school
year on .9,-C
September 19, 1956. individual
This stated ZINN
that "a
is
currently residing his
with wife and at
family ll?-I Fourth Avenue, S, E. ,
Aa t, Georgia. ~

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The records of Southern Bell Telephone Company


"Information", Atlanta, Georgia, reflected on January 15,
1957, that HOWARD
44
ZINN, Fourth Avenue, S. E., Atlanta,
is asubscriber with telephone number DRake 3-9079.
106

EfE%f:¬2 th Avenue,
Ton Atlanta,
Mrs. JAMES

20,
February
1957,
that Georgia,
advised
D, MIMS,

the
subject, SAq@QU
and Mrs.

wi
s e,
JOE F. MOR b7C

and two children resided at 44 Fourth Avenue, Atlanta.


They
stated Mr. ZINN is employed by aNegro college in Atlanta,
unknown.
name

On June 24, 1957, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. MIMS, 49 Fourth


Avenue, were recontacted, and advised the
that subject and his
family had
moved from their former residence at 44 Fourth
Avenue during latter
the part of May, 1957- Mr. MIMS stated
Mrs.
that ZINN advised him they
were "going back but
East,
would return next fall". MIMS stated that
he does not believe
they would return to former
their inasmuch
address as this is
rental property. He stated
the subject&#39;s family consists of
one boy approximately age and
seven, agirl age nine. MIMS
the
stated ZINN family were quiet living individuals, and he
had no reason to question loyalty
their to the United States.
He advised during the period they resided at 44 Fourth Avenue,
which was from the fall of 1956, until
the latter part of
May, 1957, observed
he no unusual activity around their
home, and stated were
they quiet living people with few
visitors.

Confidential Informant T-l advised on June 24, 1957,


he had obtained information on June 21, 1957, that HOWARD
ZINN during the latter part of May, 1957, had left a forwarding
address of Spelman College, Atlanta, when moving from 44,
Fourth Atlanta,
Avenue, Georgia.
On Jung 24, 1957, atelephone call was made to
Spelman College, and the
individual answering the phone
stated the subject was attending school
summer the
at
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, and could be
contacted by writing that university, care of Pioneer Hall.
This individual stated ZINN was expected to return to Atlanta
for the
beginning of the school year 1957-1958, and was
expected to be on the faculty of Spelman College.

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Miss JEAN ARE SEMLING,Chancellor&#39;s Office,Uni ity


Denv e
of r Denver,orCol ad o, on Juy l 16,957,1 advised SA Effj
| orthat
op at
HOWARD
eUniversity
wasZINN
Denver.
of
attending
She stated
aTVZINN
- Seminary
is
residing in Apartment 415, Pioneer Hall, 2lAO South Race
Street, with his wife and two children. ZINN on his application b6
for university housing advised he was from
Spelman College, ib&#39;/C
Atlanta, Georgia. »

On August
ty
Denver,
of
27, 1957, DANFEDER,
Denver, Colorado,
D.advised SA of:Stndents:]
Dean
Eg if fjthat the subject his family had
and moved from Pioneer
Hall, University ofDenver, on August 26, 1957, leaving a
forwarding address Spelman
of College, Atlanta, Georgia.
On September 23, 1957, apretext telephone call was
made
to Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, and
the individual
answering the phone stated that subject, his wife, and children,
were residing on Spelman College Campus in
the Macvickar Hospital J
and ZINN was employed on the faculty Spelman
of College.
The Spelman College Bulletin dated
April, 1957,
reflects HOWARD
ZINN is employed in the History Department
Spelman
of College, and
had received an AB, New
York University,
MA, Columbia University, and
was affiliated the
with Department
History,
of Spelman College, since 1956.

Confidential Informant T~2, who familiar


is with
some phases of Communist Party activity in the State of
Georgia, advised on September 25, 1957, that heis not
acquainted with the subject.

Confidential Informant T-3, who is familiar with


some of
the activities Spelman
of College, advised on
September 27, 1957, that he is
not acquainted with the
subject.

Confidential InformantsT-A, T-5, T-6, and T 7, who


are familiar with Communist Party activity, and related
organizations in the State of
Colorado, advised during
September, 1957, they were
not acquainted with
the subject.

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100-561:3
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The files of the Atlanta Credit B ta,


e ria checked
as by Investigative Clerk,
on.Apri1 19, 1957, reflect the subjec no
as
ere experience in Atlanta.
The records of the Retai, &#39; atiQn,
Denver, Colorado, checked
as by SE on
September 9,
l957, contained identifiable
no credit record for
the subject.
b6
The records of the Atlanta Police Department, Bureau b7c
of Identification, Atl cked April 19, 1957,
ve Clerk, through Captain
failed to reflect an iy iden iable - arrest ed
rcor
f or e hb su ec t .

The records of the Denver Police Department, Bureau


of Identification, and records and Traffic Bureau, as checked
eptember ll, 1957, respectively, by SE
contained identifiable
no arrest record
or the subject.

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3! -.
Iseq.aac=o_/,~/ »4,5_
- r**""&#39;T* evaluating informants used in this report.
i92hH92£.Ih
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&#39;~ 1 Tr are four copies of report of
92. SA
dated 10/2/57, at Atlanta, Ga.,
~a
as well
&#39;92Z as sufficient copies of blank memorandum
l

The pretext ca College l/15/57,


,_-
was madeby SA
representing himself b6 J
to be conducting credit inquiry. b7C

o Spelman College 6/24/57 by A


was made without identifying 1
iA .;
&#39;9
se
, an mere y ma ng inquiry I

OK ,A ;subject&#39;s
r
{

out of Atlanta,
from Ga. area./I * 4 ;-,,ll;;,:h~
9/23/57 to
representing self
Spelman College
to be a friend
by SA
of D

Ujl-;§,92"
This report
contains investigative
techniques,
u@>¢
is beingclassified Confidential
as it
contacts
W-
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and with 4 1//51
A
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xtq Confidential Informants.

A review of the Atlanta file concerning the subject A


fails to reflect any substantial derogatory information
has been developed since subject was interviewed
2/9/5 of subject was re orted by report j
/ of SA
at New York,
2/24/£4. Since
that ;
I&#39;d.
repor
JD §§§§gins
of PS
s, 3/29/57,
time, an

time,was this
he anot
a iles
shows
of the same
member
10/A/56,
on in which
contact
he b7D
a ib
reflect the New York Office by b6 f
&#39
tii states HOWARDZINN was a GP member about 1950- l and l l
$33 &#39;-Bureau
is believed to be
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currently due to past
knowledge of ZINN. re interviewe
was , was ,1 »&
T
L
cZP1§=me1
6/27/57, New York, _
included in report 0
_,_
at wh itc me t """ " sa ee , was
L ,2 . iember of the CP until about t e summer of 1953.
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same section."iE:?f:2?stated
branch of
he
attended
the
numerous sectioesubject, but was amember of the

sumer
1953.[;;;;i]stated
of
meetings with
section
these
meetings
would
t esu ect between about 1949 and about the
be held approxima two
e y every weeks,
b6
i2:iish_sneQi£ic_dates_n£_th
,an ttendance was curtailed after
dur ng
this charge;
| ibr/C
esummer o

however, continued to attend meetings for about ayear


and aha
at that
, and stated subject
time, and
was in attendance at
the subject
meetings
to be a Communist
Ib7D
Party
untilTi:E?fTceased
member
meetings. .
attending
b
Communist
Party

E::::]stated it was his recollection subject held aposition, b6


but did not know what position it was. He stated subject b7@
had appeared to be a person with some authority within the b7D
section, but was unable to furnish details as to the substance
of any Communist Party
meetings.

The subject is presently residing on, and employed on the


Spelman College Campus, which
is acollege for Negro women
in the
City of Atlanta. It appears it would be extremely
difficult to locate the away
subject from the campus, and not in
the company of his wife, who is also asubject of a SM-C
investigation, for interview under present Bureau instructions
regarding interview of Security Matter subjects.
In addition to the above, it does not appear the
derogatory
information developed interview
since in 1954 would warrant
additional interview at this time; therefore, no interview of
this subject sbei recommended. In addition, the subject
is notbeing §§;§§&§§
for inclusion
on the
Security Index
as
the great majority of his activity happened prior to 1953, tnmsilw
falling within the five rule
year the
in cr for inclusion l c
on the
Security Index.
As mentioned
above,tfifii]puts subject
b7D
in the CP during 1953, but this information has not been
corroborated other
by informants as contacted the
by New York
Office.

2
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Letter to Director, FBI, lO/2/57.

b2

ZINNin
August, 1953, according
to[:::::::::] was a subscriber b7D
to the "National Guardian".

An anonymous source on 6/12/53 furnished information that one


HOWARD ZINN was associated with the "Committee of One Thousand".

It isnot believed that the subject warrants inclusion on the


Security Index at this time.

Careful consideration has been given to each source


that is
concealed in this report, and T symbols were utilized only in
those instances where the identity of the source must be
concdaled.

I106

T-l is| IU. S. Post Office, Eastwood b7c


Station, 2Oll Boulevard Drive, S. E., Atlanta, Ga., contacted
6/24/57. 1
The following were contacted with negative results:
Identity Date Of Name of
of Source Contact Agent
-9/25/57
9/26/57
lb 6
Zb 7C
Ib 7D
9/13/57

-9/16/57
A

9/ 12/57

-9/16/57

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REFERENCE

Bureau Letter to Atlanta, 5/14/57


Denver airtel 9/3/57
Denver Letter 9/23/57

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In Reply,Please Refer
to Atlanta, Georgia
File No.
October Z, 1957

HOWARD ZINN, with alias,


Howie Zinn
SECURITY MATTER -c

mentioned
&#39; in the report of Special b6
Agent October
dated 1957,
2, Atlanta,
at ib"/C
Georgia, have furnished reliable information the
in past
with the exception of Confidential Informant &#39;1 l, whohas
access to reliable information.

This isbeing furnished for your information, and


should not be disseminated to any unauthorized persons or
agencies.
AGENCY .._J?EB___......
REG. REG&#39;D
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2 .T°1lVIr.DeLoach DATE:
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11"27"62 ~ _. ar v F

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SUBJECT! HOWARD
ZINN ° °¬q0 ....~ I/* , . l**/
I ATLANTA,
SPELMAN CQLLEGE
GEORGIA
, »/7/ Q_ L.J
The
M New YorkPost of11-16-62 carried
an articleentitled "The
FBI and"g1ge
Battle of
the South"
which related
toareportissued by
the Southern
Rggiqonalugouncilabody
SRC!,
of white
and Negro
southern leaders,
which reviewed
;the;Albany,
Georgia, racial
situation. This
report, which
was critical
of theFBI&#39;s
&#39;
civ}i&#39;l ;:ights1investigation
in Albany,
was prepared
by Dr.Howard
Professor
Zinn,
at Spéllnanf ollege,
Atlanta, Georgia.
The Director
on the clipping
noted of this
artic- le, "92R§ln_at
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do weknow of&#39;Tf ii&#39;?&#39;
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VHowardxkinn
,aNegro
ais
£1_;Qf.QSS.0_r
ICQ1_l__e_g_,e,
which women&#39;sofishistory
Zinn and social
science
h0J111..8_
was Snelnian
at
I§I_ey
colle
§City and,
in that city
resided until he
employment with the
obtained Atlanta college
I in 1956.i Heserved
in the U..
S. Armyin World War Hand thereafter
attended
i New YorkxUniversity, receiving
a B.A. degree
in 1951.He thereafter
received
a
_M. A. degree
92 at Columbia
University 1952
in and
aPh.D. at
that school about
in 1956.

>
Dand{,informants
Zim
New York
been
from 1949
has
subject
have reported
that he the
asecurity
ofinvestigation
wasamember
to L953.He was
of
the the
Communist
also known
to have
in Bur
Party
been associated
with

H
viewed
inNew
inand
Agents
I communist
by
1953
York
in He
1954.
again
, the American Pace
mem
front groups
den
in New
York including
Mobilization and
the Communist
Party but
described himself
the International
the Committee

during the
of One»

interview a
as.
Workers ,&#39; !_rder
Thousand. Zimi
admitted association
was i er-
with communist
iront groups.
liberal interestedcivil
in rights
He
but
1, claimed that he.
would never
be involved
with anyorganization detrimental
the
to
, security ofthis country. It is to
be noted
that Zinn is white.
: &#39;-§ Ix
&#39;

92 " The SRCAtlanta,


of Georgia,
issued another
reportZimi
by concern
fQ
{the
Albany racialsituatidn;1in&#39
1962.
thisInreport,
, by this organization,
Zinn sets
inthe
as just
relea
one
out information iswhich
and
slanted in amaner
ed
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DEC
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M.A.Jones DeLoach
to Memo
RE: Howard Zinn

which is to be expected from an individual of Zinn&#39;s


background. He was also
critical of the FBI in this report, stating that in November, 1961, Negroes had
been ordered from a white waiting room of an Albany bus station, that this matter
had been reported to the FBI and "there was no apparent result." Another incident
related in this report dealt with lack of FBI action in December, 1961, when a
number of persons were arrested by Albany authorities.

Itis to be noted that the 11-25-62 issue of "The Worker" makes


reference to Zim1&#39;srecent SRC report concerning the Albany racial situation.
Itreports that Zinn lashed out at the FBI because of its inaction in relation to
various violations of civil rights of Negroes in that city.

Files indicate that Zinn has been active in protesting policies of


this country concerning Cuba. Itwas reported that Zinn was one of .a group of
about 20 racially mixed individuals who walked the picket line in Atlanta on
10-24-62 and held a meeting, protesting the President s decision concerning the
quarantine of Cuba. Also identi ed in thb group were three Security Index subjects,
Dorothy Miller, Atlanta, Harry C. Steinmetz, San Diego, and Herbert Shapiro,,
Rochester, New York, all Communist Party members.

RECOMMENDATION:

For the information of the Director.

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SUBJECT}
RACIAL SITUATION
ALBANY, GEORGIA
RACIAL MATTERS

The Atlanta Office has advised that an article appeared in-the


"Atlanta Constitution" on ll-l5~62 based on a study called "Albany,
A
Studyogj acial Responsibility." Thestudy waswritten
by
Dr. Howar gginngmmhohas been the subject of a security_investigation
by this Bureau 00-360217!. Zinn was reportedly
a member of the
Communist Party from 1949 through 1953 and attended Communist Party
meetings during that period. The study
by Zinn criticizes the FBI,
the Federal Government, and the administration of the City of Albany,
Georgia.

Zinn is a history professor at SpelmanCollege in Atlanta,


Georgia, and the study was published
by the Southern Regional Council,
a group formed to advance equal opportunity for all the South&#39;s
people-
The full context of the article is attached,
The
article
inone
section
states: 929
92
~ "AlbanyNegroes,said Zinn, whois white, tend
92 K,
to distrust local members of the FBI. The
4g v rights cases.
Spelman historian urges the creation ,a
of &#39; ,
¢
specialcorpsof
Agents to investigatecivil §
. O;
I92 "1 with all the clear violations
by local police
- of Constitutional rights, said Zinn, * the FBI
5
has not made a single arrest on behalf of Negro 925
citizens.&#39;"
&#39; 92

The
Atlanta
Officecompletely
covered
theactivitiesat Albany,¬
Georgia,anddetailedmemoranda
weresubmittedto the Department
daily. j
The Department did not request the arrest of any persons in connection-9292
with the racial situation. h¢w,@ wm,asae=
__ .. 1 Q, =
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Memorandum to Mr. Belmont ~


RE: RACIAL SITUATION
ALBANY, GEORGIA

The report appears to be a slanted and biased document


similar to a previous report written by Zinn on Albany. Again
Zinn does not add anything to the clarification of the racial
prablem in the South. &#39;
ACTION
-i -_1--
&#39; »
Zinn should not be dignified by contact by Bureau,
this
and it is recommended that no action be taken in connection with
him.

K/f
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* -92 OPTIONAL
NO- 10
FORM

UNITED
STATES GQMMENT
&#39;
5010-101

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3_

To-Mr.- Belmo DATE: 2_/§/"62 ,_


i Mr. Tolson_..._..--92
1; Mr.Be1mon.t.__._.
Mr. Mohr.._..._.__.-
1&#39;11 ..
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i
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Mr? Co

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SUBJECT: SOUTHERN REGIONAL COUNCIL pMr. Rosvwn M.._._.- ii
Mr. Su Iv:$nt .......- I
&#39; INFORMATION CONCERNING . l
- Mr. Ta&#39;:c1.._.__._
92 I
1!
Mr. TrutL2r..&#39;........
Talc. Room...._......
The Southern Regional Council SRO! of Atlanta, Georgia,
Mr. Ingram_..___..

if
Gandy_........
Miss
Ems
published aSpecial Report, "A1bany,? by Howard Zinn dealing

vi
the
with racial unrest in Albany, Georgia, during November and
F _______.___..
December, 1961, -

/~ I A
-The Bureau has
.
conducted no investigation concerning the
V .
1
at
Howard Zinn is aprofessor
SpelnTa&#39;f"C6II§ge&#39;,"&#39;-Art-lanta,
of History
Georgia, a Negro colleg s
and Social Science
&#39;
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INFORMANTS

Informants of the Denver Division who are familiar


with CP activity and related organizations in the State of
Colorado advised during September 1957 they are not acquainted
with the subject.

Atlanta T-7 who is familiar with some phases of


92 GP activity in the State of Georgia, advised on September 25,
92 1957 and
November1957,
8, heis not acquainted with
the
subjec . .

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

The following physical description was obtained from


marriage records and observation:

Name ROSLYN ZINN, was. Mrs. Howard Zinn,


nee Roslyn Shechter
Race White
Sex Female
Born 12/2/22, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Height Approx. 5 6"
Weight 120 to 135 lbs.
Build Average
Hair Dark
Marital Status Married, husband HOWARD ZINN
b6
Children

ResidenceCoilege,
[Spelman
Leonard
350
b /C

St., S.W., Atlanta, Ga.


Occupation Secretary, Spelman College, Atlanta;
housewife

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APPENDIX

The following organizations mentioned this


in report
ve been designated by the Attorney General the
of United
ates as coming within the purview Executive
of Order lOM5O:
American Peace Mobilization
American women for Peace
Or Communist Party
International Workers Order
tn
Re The following organizations and/or publications
me ntioned this
in report are shown in the&#39;Cuide to
Subversive
ganizations and Publications" prepared and released by
AM
e Committee on Un-American Activities, U. S. House of
1. resentatives, Washington,
P D.C.,
January 2, 1957:
ERICAN LABOR PARTY
"For years, the Communistshave put forth the greatest
efforts to capture the entire American Labor Party through
out New York State. They succeeded in capturing the
Manhattan and Brooklyn sections the
of American Labor
Party but
outside New
of York City they have been unable
to win control.
Special Committee on Un-American Activities, House

2.
Report 1311
29,
March p.
on the
l9AA,
CIO!Political
78.
Action
Committee,
Communist dissimulation extends into the field of
political parties forming political organizations
front
such as the * * *American Labor Party. The Communists
are thus enabled to present their candidates for elective
office under
other than a straight Communist label."
Internal Security Subcommitteethe
of Senate Judiciary
Committee, Handbook for Americans, S. Doc. 117, April 23!
1956. p.
91.!
DA
1.ILY"The
WORKER
journalistic
chief mouthpieceof
the Communist Party
** *founded in response to direct instructions from
the Communist International in Moscow. * ** The first
issue of the
Daily Worker appeared on January 13, 1924.
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* * *No other paper or publication of any kind in all


American history has ever been loaded with such a volume
of subversive, seditious, and treasonable utterance as
has this organ of the American Communists."
92
Special Committee on Un-American Activities, House
Report 1311
on the CIO Political Action Committee,
March 29, 1944, pp. 59 and 60; also cited in
Annual
Reports, H.R.
2, January 3, 1939, p. 30; H.
R. 1476,
January 3, 1940, p. 7; H. January
R. 1, 3, 1941,
p. 14;
and H. R.
2277, June 25, 1942, p.
4.!
"Official
2. Communist Party, S,
U. organ.
A.,
Committee on Un»American Activities, House Report
1920 on the Communist Party of the United States as
Advocate
an of Overthrow of Government by Force and
Violence, May 1948,
11, 44.!
p.
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L On 5/l8/63, the captioned individual participated 0


in a panel discussion on the occasion of 20th
the anniversary
meeting of the Capitol Press Club, an organization of Negroes I

working in the communications industry. This discussion


concerned the "future of American
the Negro." Zinn, in his
comments, was critical of Administration,
the President, and
Vice President concerning their position on civil rights. He
also
made the statement "Our Attorey General is callous and
the FBI is incompetent deal
to with civil rights problems."
has,
He on other occasions, written articles critical of the
FBI. 1"

A review of Bufiles indicates the last report r-


submitted concerning Zinn was dated
l0/7/57. Inasmuch as &#39;
has been active in numerous front groups and was a known
Communist Party from
member 1949 through 1953, you are
instructed to review your files, contact logical sources, and
submit anup-to-date report suitable for dissemination. This
+CD
C53 report should include all pertinent public source information
ma concerning the subject.
- =1

NOTE :

92 Zinn is Chairman of the Department of History and


Social Sciences at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. He has
been interviewed in the past and denied any Party
Communist
L connections. He has, on numerous occasions, made public
Tolson _a
Belmont __i_ remarks and written articles critical of the Bureau. He
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Party butadmittedassociationwith communistfront groups. He describedhimself
duringthe interviewas a liberal interestedin civil rights but claimedthat he would
never be involved with any organization detrimental to the security of this country.
OnNovember16, 1962, the "New York Post" carried an article,
of
"The FBI and the Battle "
the South, which related to a rewrt issued by the
SouthernRegionalCouncil SR6!, a bodyof white andNegro Southernleaders,
whichreviewedtheAlbany, Georgia, racial situation. This report, whichwas
critical of the FBI civil rights investigation in Albany, was prepared by Dr.
Howard Zinn.
>- The SRC of Atlanta, Georgia, issued another report by Zinn con-
I cerningthe Albanyracial stiuationin January, 1962. In this report, as in the
1962,
November, report, Zinnsetsoutinformation
in a slantedandbiasedmanner
whichis to be expectedfrom an individualof Zimr
s background.He was critical
this report, statingthat in November, 1961, Negroeshadbeenordered
of the FBI in
L -
from a white waiting room of an Albany bus station, that this matter had been
1- reportedto the FBI and"there wasno apparentresult. " Anotherincidentrelated
1
in this report dealt with the lack of FBI action in December, 1961, when a number
of personswere arrested by Albany authorities.
i It is to be noted that the 11-25-62 issue of "The Worker" made
reference to Zion s SRC report concerningthe Albany racial situation which reports
that Zinn lashed out at the FBI because of its inaction in relation to various
violations of civil rights of Negroes in that city. Zinc s comments concerningthe
situationwere again reported by " The Worker on Sunday, 12-2-62.
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It is to be noted that as a result
of the articles which appeared in the
"
"New York Post" and"The Worker, Mr. DeLoach alerted friendly Georgia news-
papers concerning Zinn s background.
Zinn has also been active in protesting policies of this country
a picket line in Atlanta, on
concerningCuba. It was reportedthat Zinn walkedin
10-24~62,andhelda meetingprotestingthe President s decisionconcerningthe
qnuantine of Cuba. Identified in this group were three security Index subjects,
DorothyMiller of Atlanta, Harry C. Steinmetzof SanDiego, andRobertShapiro
of Rochester, New York, all Communist Party members.

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"The Worker" of Sunday, l2/2/62, carries atwo-page sprea
captioned, "The Southern Mobsters and their
Federal Friends."
Memoranda have been written concerning the report written by.
Howard Zinn, aprofessor of history and social science at Spelman
College, K7Negro institution! in Atlanta, Georgia. "The Worker"
has taken various excerpts from the report which, in general, is: 9,1 ~
critical of the Bureau, the President, the Justice Department C ;¢
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expected from "The Worker.", The article sets forth that there is . 92.- ~_"&#
aconsiderable amount of distrust among Albany Negroes for local
members of the FBI, According to Zinn, a young Negro told him, &#3
"They&#39;re1a bunch
of racists," Zinn states, "Whether true or not,
this*ds the_feeling of many Negroes whohave had contact with the ~
FBI and,jéven if distorted, it is ageneral reflection of the
ef icacylof the FBI&#39;s rolein the of
area civil rights." The
full comments concerning the FBI mentioned in "The Worker" are
attached
- hereto. . ., .

Information has previously been set forth Zinn


that has
been the subject of asecurity investigation by the Bureau and
informants have reported that was
he a member of the Communist
Party in New York from 1949 to 1953. He was interviewed in
1953 and again in 1954 and denied membership in the Communist 3
Party but admitted association with communist front groups. He 5
described himself during the interview as aliberal interested
rights
in civil but claimed that he would never be involved with
any organization detrimental to the security of his country.

Southern Regional
Council,
The above report by
Reverend Martin Luther King.
also
has
Zinn, which
was
King went
been
commented
published by
along with
bythe
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RE: RACIAL SITUATION
5 5ALBANY, GEORGIA
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I theme of the article and stated, among other things, "one of the
prob1ems we
great face with the FBI in the South is that the
§
Agents are
white southerners who have been influenced by the
mores of their To
community, maintain their status they have
@- to be friendly with the local police and people who are promoting
segregation. Every time Isaw FBI men in Albany, they were with
1
the local police force." In this connection, it should be noted
that of the five Agents assigned to the Albany, Georgia, Resident
Agency, four are from northern states and only one is anative of
Georgia.
4
In this connection, it should be noted that Assistant
Directors Sullivan and DeLoach have made an attempt to contact
Reverend Mr, King to straighten him out concerning the work of
this Bureau and they are following the matter closely until such
an interview can be conducted.
&#39;
1 In all
instances where allegations of civil rights
I
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1 appropriate investigation was conducted and the information
i
~
was furnished to the Civil Rights Division of the Department
- of Justice. "The Worker" mentions that one arrest was made and
this resulted when an FBI man was attacked near the site of a
burned church. "The Worker" does not mention the arrests which
followed the solving of the burning of two Negro churches in the
N
Albany, Georgia, area. -

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THE FBI

Something needs to be said about the role of the Federal


Bureau of Investigation, and then about the influence of the
President of the United States._
There is aconsiderable amount of distrust among Albany
Negroes for local members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1 "They&#39;re
abunch of racists," ayoung Negro told me
bitterly.
Whether true or not, this is the feeling of many Negroes who
i
have had contact with the FBI, and, even if distorted, it is a
1 general reflection of the efficacy of the FBI&#39;s
role in the area
4
of civil rights. FBI men appear to Albany Negroes as vaguely-
interested observers of injustice, who diffidently write down
~a complaints and do no more. With all the clear violations by
local police of constitutional rights, with undisputed evidence
of beatings by sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, the has
FBI not made
asingle arrest of
on behalf Negro citizens. The oné"arrest made
u pby the FBI in connection with the Albany situation came in
early
September, and this when an FBI
man himself was attacked by a
white man near the site of a burned church.
1

its
In 1961 volume, Justice, the Commission on Civil Rights
implied that the FBI
may be fundamentally incapable of enforcing the
civil rights of American citizens. _This is because of its natural
attachments to local police of whom itis dependent for the solution
of ordinary crimes, and because it is these
same who
police are the
most frequent violators of the rights of Negroes in the South. The
Commission suggested the posibility of "a new administrative .
arrangement within the Department of Justice to ease
the problem
of FBI
agents having to investigate police
officers with whom they
4 7work daily other
on cases,"
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1 One solution might
be the creation of aspecial corps of
Q
1
federal agents -- similar to the T-men used by the Treasury
1
Department -- for the sole purpose of enforcing federally
I guaranteed constitutional rights in many parts of the country
where they are consistently violated. Such agents need not be
"out-siders," for there is awhole new generation of young
Southerners -- Negro and white -~ who are intelligent, courageous,
capable, and genuinely concernedabout civil
rights, and from whom
such agents could be selected. The FBI is
most effective as an
agency for the solution of ordinary crimes, and perhaps it should
stick to that. B ~

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College, Atlanta,Ga. Subgect
presentlyemployed
on Ki}
a part-time
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to Deanof Women, ¬}
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employed professor 1
of
history,
City
York
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reported as a memberof the IWO as of 10/A9 and according a
s
to informant, had some connection with the American Women
for Peace1950.
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DETAILS : BACKGROUND

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October 30, 1944, inBrooklyn, New York. On the marriage


application the following information was noted:
Name HOWARD ZINN
Race White
Address 56 North Oxford Walk, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Born 8/24/22 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation "AAF, Bombadier"
Father EDWARD, born Austria
JENNIE
MOther RABINOWITZ

Name ROSLYN SHECHTER


Race White
Address 317 Vernon Brooklyn,
Ave., N.Y.
Born 12/2/22, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation Stenographer
Father JACOB, born Russia
Mother ROSE PLATT, born Russia

During 1950, exact date unknown, Mr. M. STUTMAN,


Assistant Manager, Lillian Wald Housing Project, New York
City Housing Authority, 54 Avenue D, New York, New York,
advised the records of office
that reflected HOWARD ZINN,
Apt. 5G, 890 East Sixth Street, NYC, had resided in above
apartment since August 22, 1949. According to these records, b6
r2lNN_ana_hls_wi£e.
ZTNN__nee_Shenhter__ha
and BQSLTN chir .b
i7C
&#39; &#39; dren,

On January 15, 1957, apretext telephone call was


made to Spelman College, 350 Leonard Street, S.W.,
Atlanta,
Georgia. The individual answering the telephone stated HOWARD
ZINN had been employed as afull-time instructor by Spelman
Cd ege since the beginning of the school year September 19,
1956. This individual stated ZINN is currently residing with
his wife and family at 44 Fourth Avenue, Atlanta.
S.E.,
Mrs. JAMES D. MIMS and Mrs. MORRIS both b6
49 Fourth Avenue, Atlanta, advised SA on 37¢
p February 20, 1957, that HOWARD
ZINN, his wife, and two children
reside at
44 Fourth Avenue, Atlanta. They stated Mr. ZINN
is employed by a Negro college in Atlanta, name unknown, and
his has
wife no outside employment.
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On June
2%, 1957, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. MIMS, #9 Fourth
Avenue, were contacted and advised HOWARDZINN and his family
had moved from AA Fourth Avenue during
the latter part of May
1957. Mr. MIMS stated Mrs. ZINN advised him they were "going
back East but would return next fall. Mr. MIMS stated the
family consists of two children, aboy 7,
age and agirl
age 9. He stated the ZINN family were quiet living individuals
and he hadno reason to question their loyalty to the U. S.
Mr. and Mrs.
MIMS advised during the period the ZINNS
resided
Fourth
on Avenue, which was from the fall of 1956 to the
latter part of 1957, they observed activity
no unusual around
their home.

On June 2A, 1957, atelephone call was made to


Spelman College and the individual answering the phone
stated
"HOWARD ZINN
is attending summer school at
the University of
Denver, Denver, Colorado, and can be contacted by writing
that university care of Pioneer Hall."

On July 16, 1957,


Miss JEAN ANN SEMLING, Chan
OPS
Of ie ty of Denver,
Denver, Colo., advised SAifij
t HOWARD ZINNattending
0 enver
was University
the
and stated ZINN is residing Apt.
in 415, Pioneer b6
Zbr/C
2lAO
Hall, South Race Street, with his wife and two children.

On August 27, 1957, D ER, Dean of Students,


Uniersity of Denver, advised SA that
ZINN and his
family had moved from Pioneer Ha ,niversity of Denver,
on August 26, 1957, leaving aforwarding address of Spelman
College, Atlanta, Ga.
On September 23, 1957, apretext phone call was
made to Spelman College, Atlanta, and the individual answering
the phone stated ZINN and his family were residing Spelman
on
College campus inthe Mac Vickar Hospital and ZINN was employed
on the faculty of that college.

Mrs. HENRY SHORTER, 998 Westmore Drive, N.W.,


Atlanta, advised November
on 15, 1957, she had formerly been
employed in
the President&#39;s Office of Spelman College from
195A to 1957, and was acquainted with HOWARD and ROSLYN ZINN

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on aprofessional basis as well as alimited social acquaintance-


ship.
She stated HOWARD ZINN was employed during the school
year of 1956 and is presently employed for the school year of
1957, as aprofessor of history. She advised they presently
reside in apartment
an in Mac Vickar Hospital or Hall. She
stated that ROSLYN ZINN
ispresently employed ona"part-time
fill-in basis" the
as secretary to the Dean of Women at
Spelman College. This employment is
only scheduled to last
a few weeks until the regular secretary returns.
Mrs. SHORTER the
stated only other employment Mrs.
ZINN has held while in the City of Atlanta was for afew weeks
a
as secretary for an unknown office in the City of Atlanta
during 1956 or 1957. She stated
the ZINNS havetwo young
residing
children with them
on the campus and enjoy a good
reputation in the college community. She stated she had no
reason to question the loyalty to the U. S. of either
the subject
or her
husband.

The files of the Atlanta Bureau,


Credit Atlanta,
Georgia, as checked on April
19, 1957, failed
to reflect the
subject has had any credit experience in Atlanta.
The records
of the Retail Creditmens Association,
Denver, Colorado, as checked on September
9, 1957, contain no
identifiable credit record for the subject.
The records of the Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta, b6
Georgia, Bureau of Identification, as checked April
19, 1957
through Captaing;:::;%;:;;::::;]
record identi a
ew
failed toreflect any
esu ject.
arrest Ib&#39;7C

The records of the Denver, Colorado, Police Depart-


ment, as checked September 13, 1957, contain no arrest record
identifiable with the subject.

AFFILIATION WITH
COB192/lVIUN,IST MOVEMENT
The records of the Board of Elections, Manhattan,
New York,as reviewedduring 1950, reflect that ROSLYN ZINN,
890 East Sixth Street, Manhattan, N.Y., registered for the
1949 elections indicating a preference
for the American Labor
Party. Subject stated on these
records she was 27 years of
age, married, had resided
27 years in the State, 27 years in
the county and that she had last registered in l9#8 from 369
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Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. She listed her occupation as


that of a"housewife".

reviewed copies
On an
unknown
Communist
of
SAs
date,
Party
and
omina
ing
R. 0.COMPTON
Petitions for
of
the State New York in l9M6, the
in Office of
the Secretary
State,
of Albany, N.Y. These records reflect ROSLYN ZINN,
926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., solicited in Lewis
County signatures to the
1996 New York State Communist Party
Nominating Petitions.

It is noted that the 19H9 Brooklyn telephone director V


reflected that HOWARD ZINN
926
of Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn,
N.Y., at that subscribed
time to phone No. GLenmore 2~l92H.
Atlanta T-l on October 22, l9H8 furnished information
that ROSLYNZINN, 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn 21, N.Y.,
subscribed to the Daily Worker for one year in l9H8.
Atlanta T-2 October
on 21, 19M9 furnished information
that ROSLYN and HOWARD
ZINN both born in 1922 were members
ofuthe
19 9.
International
Workers
Lodge
Order, M50,
asof
October
On September 25, 1950, Atlanta T~3 furnished a
3X 5 card obtained from the office the
of American Women
for Peace, Room 125, 1186
Broadway, New York,
N.Y. This card
contained the following:

"REGISTRATION

"NAME, Roslyn Zinn AL H-8325


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HOWARD ZINN

On June 12, 1957, Atlanta T-H, who has admitted


Communist Party OP! membership from about 1948 to approx-
imately the middle of 1953 in the Manhattan-Brooklyn area
of New York City, furnished the following information regarding
HOWARD ZINN:

T~H was transferred to the Williamsburg Section of


the CP in Brooklyn in about l9#9. that
At time HOWARD ZINN
was already amember of that section. T-H stated itwas his
impression that ZINN was not anew member but had been in the
CP for some time.

Atlanta T-5 advised in approximately May l9#8 that


HOWARD ZINNof 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., had
indicated he was amember of the CP and he attended Party
meetings five nights aweek in Brooklyn.

Atlanta T~6 on July 15, l9#8 made available information


which indicated HOWIE ZINN was afraternal delegate the
from
Sixth Assembly District, Kings County CP, to the New York
State Convention of the CP.

On Novemb er
, 61 9 and on Februa Y9 1955
ZINN was interviewed by SAs and
Du in
r gin the t erview
&#39; on November , 1953, NN announce b7C
that his activities in the past had opened him to charges
that he was associated with the Communist Party as a member.
However, he stated he was not aCP member. ZINN stated he
was a liberal
and perhaps some people would consider him to
be a "leftist". ZINN stated he had participated in the acti-
vities of various organizations which might be considered
Communist fronts but his participation was motivated by his
belief that
in this country people have the right
to believe,
think and act according to their
own ideas. stated
He he did
not believe in the doctrine of and
force violence and that
individuals or organizations do not have the right
to advocate
or teach the overthrow of the government of the United States
by force
and violence.
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ZINN advised he would defend this country inthe
event of a war against any enemy including the Soviet Union.
According to ZINN he was not ashamed of his past activities
and did not believe constituted
he athreat to the security
of this country or our government. He acknowledged that
perhaps some of the members of the associations to which he
belonged might be CP members but he was also certain that not
all of the members of these organizations were CP members.

Among other activities, ZINN advised it was possible


he had signed a petition or paper in l9H8 indicating support
Vof Communist SIMON W. GERSON, who was petitioning to be seated
in the Council seat vacated because of the death of PETER V.
CACCHIONE. ZINN stated he was employed by the American Labor
Party ALP!, Brooklyn, N.Y.,
during l9M9, stating believed
he
the ALP to be "truly apolitical party". ZINN admitted he
was amember of the International Workers Order but stated
his
interest in this
organization was entirely for the insuran C¬
benefits.

On February 9, l95H, ZINN was re-interviewed by the


above-mentioned Agents and again
denied that he or his wife
were members of the CP. He again
stated he could not recall
having attended the l9H8 New York State CP convention as a
delegate from the Sixth Assembly District, Kings County.
ZINN recalled he made atrip to Chicago, Illinois,
about 19A? or 1948 and stated it was possible he could have
made this trip as adelegate to the American Mobilization.
Peace
He stated, however, he would not consider aperson a threat
to the security of the country as aresult of association
with this organization, stating it was sometimes necessary
for responsible persons to associate with organizations of
this type which have agood purpose.

During the interview on February 9, 195%, ZINN


questioned whether the CP was actually athreat to the security
of the U. S. and whether the CPJeaders were justly convicted,
noting the minority opinion of the justices of the Supreme
Court. ZINN concluded the interview by stating he would not
under any circumstances testify or furnish information con-
. cerning the political opinions of others.

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On May UPI,
18,1963, Washington, reported
that Berl92I.
Bernhard, Director
Staff of the Commission on Civil Rights, predicted that
the racial disturbance Birmingham
at would
be followed byagreaterconflict in
other cities. He was one of three panelasts who addressed the 20th anniversary
meeting the Capital Press
of Club, an /organization Negroes
of working
in the
communications industry,
on thefutur~&#39;e
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Plllit-?;.e1Cartoonist]
Pi&#39;.1Z:.6
HerbertBlock "The
of Washingtciij
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Bennett, Senior
Editor
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of and Professor Zinn,,<§.
?§I;Ioward
History, Department
ChairmanSp
of zlman College,
Atlanta. Zinn
was
oncivil rights.
Heto
Iincompetent stated,
also
the Administration,

deal with
civil Attorney
rigyts "Pur
Mr."is callous,
General
and,the~
the President and the Vice President concerning th8lI"pO§l_iT10n_

problems. Tolson
noted, "What
do our 4

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Zinn?" 11&#39;

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of an J7
Social Science at Spelman. College, Atlanta, Georgia. Zinn, who is white, was
born August
Z41,
1992,atBro/oklyn,
NewYork,of
Austrian and Russian
born parents.
He served
in theUni =Yd*S t"a&#39;t=§si 25Ir Hegraduated
Iy"fr 6&#39;f 179713&#39
from
New York University with aBachelor of Arts degree in 1951,
received aMaster of
Arts d gree from Columbia University in 1952 and was awarded aPh.D that
from
schooliin 1956.
about Dr.
Zinn was
employed
SPGHQQQE,
by C,oJlege";
1nS,t;it1i3iOI1,
in 1956.
_,* ..
___ Zinnbeenhassubject
the JUQ1953
asecurity
ofves 4:
igation
by Bureau
the
Eff»; d informantshave reportedthat he was amember ofm,t_l;§..Commu i s&#39;t&#39; P
New York from 1949 to 1953,
He was known to be associated with communist front
groups in New York, including the International Workers Order, the American

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Mobilization and the Committee of One Thousand. Z_inn~wa<sinterviewed by
Agents in
New York
1 - Mr. DeLoach
in 1953
and.l.9 4.- He_denied,,membership
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association
withcommunist
frontgroups.Hedescribed
himself
duringthe
interview as a liberal
interested civil
in rights but
claimed that he
would
never
beinvolved
withanyorganization
detrimental of
tothesecurity thiscountry.
On November
16, 1962,the "NewYorkPost"carriedanarticle,
"The FBIand
the Battle
of South," whichrelatedto
the a report issued
bythe
Southern
Regional
Council abodyof white
SRC!, Negro Southern
and leaders,
which reviewed
Albany, Georgia,
the racial report,
situation.This whichwas
of
critical civil
theFBI rightsinvestigation
Albany, was
in prepared byDr.
Howard Zinn.

SRC
The of Atlanta,Georgia,issuedanotherreportby Zinncon-
cerning the
racial
Albany sguation In
in January,1962. this report, asin the
November, 1962,
report,Zinn
sets in
outinformation a slanted
andbiased
manner
kof
which be
to isfrom
expected
this report,
theFBIin stating
individual
an that in
of s
Zinn background.
He
November, 1961,Negroes
wascritical
hadbeenordered
fromawhite waiting
room of an
Albany busstation,
that this matterhadbeen I .
FBI
reportedto the result.
and"therewasnoapparent " Anotherindidentrelated
I this report
in dealt withthe
lack of FBIaction
in 1961,
December, anumber
when
of persons
were arrested Albany authorities.
by _
I It isto
be noted
that11-25-62issue "of
the made
TheWorker"
reference s
toZinn SRC report Albany racialsituation
concerning
the which reports
R that
Zinn
lashed
out FBIbecause
atthe of itsinaction
inrelation
tovarious
of civil rightsofNegroes
violations city.
inthat s
Zinn comments
concerning
the
situation
wereagain "The Worker"on
reported
by Sunday, 12-2-62.
It is to
be noted
that asaresultofthearticles
which appeared
inthe
York
"l92l¬W Post"and"TheWorker,"
Mr. DeLoach
alerted
friendly
Georgia
news~
papers concerningZinn
s background.
of
Zinnhasalsobeenactiveinprotesting
policies this country
Cuba.
concerning It wasreported walked in
thatZinn a picketlineinAtlanta,on
10-24~62,
andhelda meeting
protestingthePresident
s decision
concerningthe
of
quarantineCuba.Identifiedthis group were
in threeSecuritysubjects,
Index
I Dorothyof
Miller Harry
Atlanta, C. Steinmetz
of Diego, andRobert
San Shapiro
of Rochester,
New York, all Communist
Party members.

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reported from AT T-2, T-3, T-7 and T-8 could reasonably result
in identification of confidential informants of continuing value,
the disclosure of which could be to
detrimental the national
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EDWARD ZINN

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Synopsis:
Subject dismissedfrom position at SpelmamCo1lege ahd is
reported to be teaching at Ursula College, East Orange, N.J! or colmmhie
Hniversity; NewYork City,* His&#39;£orwarding
address wasrgiveh
as care
sf McGuire, 600 W. 115th Street, New York 25, New Yorko In1958, a
oroman at the Lerner Shops, New York City, said that ZINN had e _
reputation of being aCommunist while working there about 1956. &#39;
ZINN was incharge of Non-Western Studies Program, Spelmah College,
and OWENLATTIHORE of John Hopkins University and WILLIAM WORTHY,
Reporter ;9r Afro-American, spokeduring alecture series in 1961
and 1962. One source described WORTHY,as pro-Castro/and said ZINN
appeared to be in
agreement with WORTHY!&#39; ZINN was also asponsor
of the Student Peace group
Union at Spelman inl962¬&#39;ZINN&#39;was
- reportedly trying to recruit students to attend the Eighth World
youth Festival inFinland inl962f"He was host at Spelmah College
for asoviet youth delegation in
1961? wife,
ZINN, his and daughter
participated inpublic protests the
oi President s request in October,
I962, that soviet missiles be withdrawn from Cubaf&#39;
ZINN has heeh
active incivil rights matters inAtlantaJ&#39; Sources familiar with
certain security matters had no
derogatory iniormation in this
r§gard.&#39;At1anta Credit
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A news article in the Atlanta In uirer, aNegro weekly
newspaper, Atlanta, Georgia, dated Eune T, l963, entitled Spelman
Professor Dismissed" sets forth that Spelman College President
ALBERT E. MANLEY had arbitrarily relieved Dre HOWARD ZINE, a
professor of History of all his duties effective June 3O, 1963.
The article reported that ZINN had been active in trying to lessen
the alleged tyrannical atmosphere and increase the academic freedom
of students at Spelman College. Article that
said ZINN had reportedly
long been in disfavor with President MANLEY and that ZINN had been
given no reason for the termination~of the contract. A year&#39;s
salary was offered to him although no duties are to be performed.
Ehe subject, according to the article, had recently been elected
to&#39;the Executive Board of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating
Committee SNCG! and this organization had protested the
professor*s dismissal.

Atlanta Tel stated on July 5, 1963, that HOWARD ZINN,


former Head of the History Department at Spelman College, was one
of two adults recently selected to serve on the Executive Committee
of the SNGG. .

June
On ll, 1963, WILLIAM M. N1X, Director of Personnel
Office, Morehouse Gollege, advised that he heard that ZINN received
his release from Spelman&#39;Co1lege on the last day of school for
the 62»63 school year. NIX thought the reason for ZINN&#39;s
release was
because he had too much influence over the studen§.body leaders and
at the same time had been
opposin5_the Spelman College Administration
too_vigorously on many different issues.

1
College,SAi::if;E:::?§f%¬%]that
advised
College at
July
On
was teaching
East Orange,
atUpsula
ESQ
ZINN
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ew ersey during this


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elman

stated
1

that ZINN was relieved of his duties because Spelman "could not
operate with two Presidents." .

July
On 22, 1963, Miss OLARESSA HIGHTOWER,.Secretary
to the President, Spelman College, advised that she believes ZINN
is teaching summer school at Columbia University as aHistory
Professor. She stated that ZINN&#39;s forwarding address was "care of
1 McGuire, 600 W. 115th
Street, New York 25, New York."

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26,
Queens, New York, made available
LUDWTG_KELLERi_3lll_1
to SAs
ho
and l c
JOHNSON
WARREN G. material which he found at Camp Midvale, New
Jersey on June 23, l957. This material consisted of three white
folders containing typewritten and handwritten memorandawhich
bear dates from 1947 to 1953 regarding application forms for
membership in the Communist Party and information concerning certain
&#39;
individuals.

One item is captioned "Bronx-Long Island Section -


Distributive Region." This RAMON
item concerned ACEVEDO. The
item regarding this individual stated that he has shown fine
positions on many questions in the shop and Union, adopting
militant positions. HOWIE Zr and JERRY K., who work in the
same department with him, felt a
he was good prospect for the
Party. He was discussed in the club covering his department and he
was accepted as a member in the Party in September, _
1953m

On July 8, 1958, FRED J. FOX, foreman, Shipping p


Be nrtngmt,_Lgrm§r_§hnmf,
SA
354 4thsyenue,
Nemmyorh
that QQMQNMKCEVEDO
City,advised
b7c
was employedin the
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Shipping Department at hernerls and that two former employees,
ZINN
HOWARD andJERR¥%K TLER,
hadbeencloseassociates
of ACEVEDO.
FOX stated that&#39;KCEVEDOIfZINN
and KUTLER had the reputation of .
being Communists. FOX had no specific information regarding
these individuals which caused them to have this reputation except
in
that they were always active any labor disputes and were active
in the local union in the Shipping Department at Lerner*s, which
FOX had heard was a Communist dominated &#39;
union.

reported
It is to be noted that the subject was previously
Shops
at354 Fourth
as having a
been employed on
Avenue, New York
partetime
City.
with
basis
It was reported.in
Lerner
1950
that the suhiect had been with Lerner since August 17, a
1949 as
Shipping Clsrk. &#39;
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A news.item in the "Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution


April
dated 17, 1960, entitled "Zinn oi Spelman Gets Study Award"
that
sot out Professor HOWARD ZINN. Chairman of the Department of
History at Spelman College was one of five liberal arts college
professors recently awarded Harvard University Fellowships in
West Asian studies for 1960-1961. >

WILLIAM M. NIX, Director of Personnel at Morehonse


College, advised on May 16, 1962, that Atlanta University is
participating with other institutions a
in non Western Studies
Program of which the subject is the Director. He said the
by
program is financed $200,0001grant~jron_theAEQrd.Foundation
a
for period of three be
years and would devoted in l962 to
the tndy of China and in 1963 to India.
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mx saidthatProfessor
opened the lecture
owEn;92fnArT1noRE
or_qqnn_g@piin§_
. October 20, 1961 speaking
series on
on "China, Russia -
and America." ~

AT T-l advised on May 14, 1962 that he was not fully /


acquainted with the Non Western Studies Program, but had heard that
a
oneWILLIAM
WORTHY,
reporter for the Atro Anerican
newspaper /
and who had visited is
in China, scheduled to lecture in the future.
H
3&9? m; m§IM°RE
//// "Who&#39;s
Who"in
1960~6l
described
OWEN &#39;
LATTIMORE
a
as Professor at John Hopkins University who formerly
did field work in_ggngolia_and research in Peiping
under the Institute of Pacific Relations from 1934
to 1935. He was also described as Editor of "Pacific
Affairs" from 1934 through 1941.

The characterizations or the Institute of


Pacific Relations and"Pacific Affairs" is included
in the Appendix or this report.

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onJanuary
1962 that_§1LLIAM
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a meeting 92
stonsoreu by the Fairplay for Cuba Committeeon Prf&#39;
December28,
1961, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvenia,_ _,/*
AT T 2 said that WORTHYwas sympathEtiE"to tHe istro
cause.

A characterization for the Fairplay for Cube Gommittee


is included in the Appendix of this report. &#39;-.

On August
8, 1962, WILLIAM WORTHY, through his
attorney, requested the U. S, District Judge or U, S.
District Court, Southern District of Miami, Florida,
that trial by Jury be waived, This request was granted
by the Judge and WORTHY was iound guilty on August 8,
1962, of entering the United States without e valid
passport in violation oi Section ll85B, Title 8, UOS0
Code, The court deferred sentence pending conpletion
oi investigation by the U. S. Probation Officer and
WORTHYwas released on $5,000 bond.

0n may 22,
1962, Professor RICHARD
L. WALKER, Department
of International Studies,University of South Carolina, advised
SAJ
he attended e seminar
|thathehadreceived
on "American Policy
an invitation and
Toward China" at the b6
Atlanta University Center on May 9 nnd 10,
1962, Professor Ib7C
WALKER said that the organizer of the seminar, HOWARD ZINN,
Protessor ut Spelnnn College, received a grunt from the Ford
Foundation to enable the seminar to take place. One of the
seminar spenkers, WILLIAM WDRTHY, described by WALKER &S n
pro=Custro reporter for the Negro newspaper "Baltimore Airo=
American" spoke favorably of the "Black Muslims," praised
_ROBERTFRANKLIN WILLIAMS,
u fugitive being sought by the FBI,
and denounced U. S, policy touard Cuba, Professor
WALKER stated
that
ZENN appeared to be in complete agreement with WORTHY.

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the
RDBERT
FRANKLIdk§;lLlAwS,
National
former
President
oi Association for the Advancememt,of Color
- People, Monroe, North_Q§§@lima, and Editor of "The
Crusader," was indicted 1961,
on August 28, by the
State Grand Jury at Monroe, North Carolina, on a
kidnapimg which
charge, grew out of racial unrest
in Monroe. Investigation by looml police deters
mined he had fled the state, U. S, Attorney,
Charlotte, North Carolina, authorized on Unlwful
Flight to Avoid Prosecution and a warrant was issued ;
August 28, 1961, with $10,000 bond recommended.

AT T-3 stated 6,
on Qotober 1961, that WILLIAMS
was currently in Havana, Cube. LYNN,
CONRAD New
York Gity attorney, l96l,
om Ootoher l0, advised
that the Cuban Government helped WILLIAMS to flee
LYNN
to Guba and that WILLIAMS had told telephomiomlly
that he was mttmehed to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Cuba,

6,
AT T~4 advised on February l962, that he had seen
e letter from the Stmdent Peace Union, 6029 University Avenue,
Chio&g@» Illimois. The letter stated that students from all
over the United States would eomvergeon Washington, D, C, Febrmaty
16 amd_l7, l962 to demomstrote in £ront*of the White House
for the ending of all nucledr testing and termination of the
Civil Defense Program. AT T=4 said that the sponsors for this
group locally ZINN
were HOWARD and STAUGHTON LYND, who are
history professors at Spelmom Qollege,

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AT T~5 advised in Deeember, l95392that he heard_
I 4 that LYND
STAUGHTON Party
had been a Communist memben.
" l~/&#39;
while at HarvardUniversity, £T&#39;T~5
m@mbtet&#39;tt¢t
LYND had been a Communist Party member, but was of
the belief that he had been active in the John Reed
Sooiety and Ameriean Youth for Democracy at Harvatd,
c?iT9 ¢/_w . »P¥1/, ti /;W1>*/ ;f&#39;1 ?
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92 never been permitted to join the Communist Party
while at Harvard because he could never seen to
make up his mind that the Party was worthwhile.

AT T-5 further advised on June 8, 1954, that the"


&#39; , Harvard Chapter of the American Youth for Democracy
and the&#39;John
Reed Society were organizations which
in the late 1940&#39;s
became completely Communist
dominated and controlled by the&#39;¬ommunistParty,

American Youth for Democracy has been designated


by the U. S. Attorney General pursuant to Executive
Order 10450

AT T=6 stated on March 7, 1963, that the Spelnan Peace


Committee was a legitimate campus organization at Atlanta,
Georgia, and that to the best knowledge of T-6, it was not
affiliated with any other groupo T-6 advised that the Spelman
Peace Connittee conducted discussions on disarmament, nuclear
testing and peace. T~6 further advised that the committee
met in the on~canpus apartment of SThUGHTON LYND and that
LXND and %lNN were very active in this committee,

0n may 21, 1962, AT T»? said that subject was trying


to recruit students to go to the Eighth World Youth Festival in
Finland the following sunnerb

A characterization of the Eighth World Youth Festival


is included in the Appendix of this report.

" On November 20, 1961, AT T-1 stated that four members


of a soviet youth delegation visited 3
in Atlanta from November
through 8, 1961. This visit was sponsored by the Young Adult Gouncil
of the National Social Welfare Assenhly, New York City. AT Tel
said that on the night oi November 3, 1961, the delegation had
dinner at the Student Gaieteria at Spelnan College where the
subject served as host.

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AT T-1 stated on October 24, 1962, that DOROTHY MILLER,


a former employee of the Southern Regional Council, Inc., &#39;
Atlanta, Georgia, and who formerly resided in New York City,
had been recruiting to demonstrate against the current U. S.
policy in the Cuban situation. A demonstration was to&#39;take
place at Hurt Park, Atlanta, Georgia, at p.n.,
4 or 4:30
Oetober 24, 1962.

The Atlanta Police Department report regarding the


demonstration at Hurt Park stated that the picketing started
,at 4:30 p.m. and lasted ion approximately There
45 minutes.
were about 25 people picketing, including ZINN,
HDWARD white
male, age 40, residence Spelman Colleg &#39; hite
b6
female,
fesidenoe
Spelman I
College;
andi Ib7C
and ROSLYN.Also listed in the I
of HOWARD I ,1QLa//
_ ip r men report as being on the picket line were Lalllii-1-
pt ,
mac : Spelman
ILLER,white,
Street, female,,,_-3222__&#39;;1elhnrstl§treei=,»_l§.2.
College&#39;Professgir£1Qr;li{.; »...&#39;Z..?.
1,*. ;Z§ . ;f4*i&
1 _§$lanta,_Qeorgia and STAUGHTQNLYND, white male, L
350 nard
ls!H F [.1 §L_,J,:4 -_ / _,, / 4
_
gr!/,from_1:fnARRY
,origina1ly
cf§*§ Tn1NnETZd,"
San Diego,$Eali ornia,
s55_nair..stneet.,..r>
white&#39;:hai
andvhis wife,*DQ3;S
,_,l,a--
%§§$unggtz,white female with the sane addresswere also
on the picket "
line.

The above individuals, who were listed in the Atlanta


Police Department repent, were reoognized along with others on
October 24, 1962 by a Special Agent of the FBI holding a meeting
about
at Hurt Park 4~p.n. and later walking with signs on the
"picket line. a
An Agent of the FBI also obtained leaflet which
was being distributed by the pickets which dealt with the Cuban
situation. This leaflet reads as 1
follows:

"WHY WE ARE HERE

"We are disturbed by the President&#39;s


decision to
blockade Cnba.

"If
it is true that the Soviet Union has eomnitted -I/
the criminal folly of stationing long range missiles Cuba,
in
this.noes not necessarily Jnstiiy the President&#39;s hasty and
pnoweeative response.

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"No attempt was apparently made to exhaust the&#39;


usual oiplomatic procedures for protesting
a hostile act, &#39;
nor to involve our Latin,Ameriean neighbors as the Rio Paet,
mentioned by the President, requires! in formula ting
a hemi~
spherie plan of action. In saying that &#39;We
are a peaee£u1
people, the-President seems to have forgotten that thus far
the prinoiple,aggressor in Cuhan=Aneriean relations has been
the United States, which aunittedly trained and finaneea the
invasion of
Cuba in 1961.

"Cabell Phillips,
a New York Times reporter, writes
iron Washington Atlanta Constitution , 6Et 23$ that the
President&#39;saction will &#39;hE?¬EEe ¬TT¬ot,at least momentaril
of countering the most telling political attck Republicans
have been making against his administration, and adds that
it was generally accepted in Washington Monday that politics
playea &#39;more
than
a minor part in the President&#39;s decision.
Are We risking nuclear annihilation
so that the Democratic
Party ean win an election?
cn< anun~m4nac:n-

"We are
a group of individuals, representing only
ourselves, who have cone here toaay to evidence our coneern
about the uhan crisis. We wish to make a public witness
to urge peaoe
meansnl of settling international disputes ==
insteaa of hloekades, threats, and nissilesc -

"WHRT YQU CAN


D0

"SEND TELEGRAMS to President John F. Kennedy


Secretary of State Dean-Rusk
your eongressnen

"WRITE LETTERS T0 THE EDITQR

"CQLLEGT noney tor local advertisements"

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an ass advised en December5,, 1961 that noaozrnr


was
HELLER a member at the Ferbes Cenmnnist Party
Club in New York City at that time¢- =

This senree stated en Jane 6, 1963 that the


Ferbes Clnh meeting ef the Lewer&#39;Eastside Communist
Party was
Seetien held en Jane 5, 1962 at 226
East 12th Street, New Yerk Gity. It was annenneed
at this meeting the vietin was dewn in the Senth
werking but ne details eencerning this werk were
revealed» ,&#39;

This senree said en July ll, 1963, that a Ferhes


Glnh meeting was held en July 10, 1962, at 226 East
12th Street; New Yerk Cityo A repert was given
at this meeting en dnes statns&#39;ef each clnh menbero
It was annenneed that the vietin had been
delinqnent in her dnes sinee 1966 er January, 19610
Hewever, itwas stated in this repert that where a»
nenher is werhtng ent ed the eity, hewas net required
te pay dnes nnless reassigned te anether elnh in the
area where he was werhingo

at naaar e.,_ srarunrrg ~


AT TBQ on Deeenher 22, 19529 advised STEINMhT%
was a nenher ef the Cennnnist Party, San Diege,&#39;
Caliternia, senetine daring the peried 1933»1945°
T=9 identi ted Diege
STEINMETZas being tren San
while attending tennnnist Seetien meeting eenprised
et wardens leeals et the Aneriean Federatien et
Teaehers Unien in Pale A1t@9 Qali ernia.

the aneriean hederatien ef Teaehers was designated


by the Caliternia Gennittee en Un=aneriean Aetiwities
1943 repert, 115
page te he a Cennnnist rrent erganiza=
tien fer the Teachers et Anerieao

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The June-20, 1954 cf


editien the San Diege
Evening Tribune stated that the Third District Geart
ef Appeals en that date had unahimeasly upheld the
cehstitutienality of the discharge cf STEINHETZ
irem San Diego State Cellege. He was fired fer
refusing te say whether he was or had been
a
Cenmunist.

a"°" 29 &#39;
2 L@C.
said that he ha met HARRY STEINMETZ; b6
a Professor at Hcreheuse Cellege, abeut a year age at the heme
ZINN, i aprofessor
Efféfg ofHistory
atSpelman
Cellege,
said the occasion ZINNS
was the were giving a ceffee social
Ib7C
an a at ene dezen er se peeple were present_£rem the _._
Atlanta University Center which includes Spelman and Mereheuse
_
Colleges. *
A Tel en December 4, l962 advised that the sahgect had
written a repert eh the Albany, Geergia racial sitmatieh fer
the Seathern Regiehal Ceuheil, lnc,, Atlanta, Geergia. T l
said that this repert was entitled "Albany, A Study in National
Respehsibility," It was released by Southern Regional Geuncil
in-November, l962 and indicates that ZINN was &#39;
present daring
the Albany racial in
demenstratiehs a reporter capacity.
A news article in the Atlanta Jeurnale enstitatieh
newspaper, dated April 14, 1962, tltled "Civil Eights leaths
Study Strategy Here" by.FRED PQWLEEGErelated seae ef the
mevents taking place at the anneal cenference ct SNCO, which was
held in Atlanta, Geergia free April 12-14, l963,- M
The
article stated that abeut 300 yemhg peeple, eneethird er them r
white, attended the three day cehterence. =
The article described a highlight e£ the April 13th
sessieh as a speeeh given by the subject. Accerding te the
article, he teld the greup that the answer te prehlems ef
discriaihatieh and censervatism in pelitics cahhet be directly
selved threagh the ballet. The subject claimed the ahswer_
cf
was te create centers peter emtside the ermal structureet
gcverhmeht and te use these centers ef peter te exert pressure; ~
on the geverhment. The-sahgeet described SNGG as this kind cf &#39;
center ei peter, The subject, accerding te the artiele, criticized

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stem em Givil Rights, Saying that mere:
had ene just enough keep
te his image-from collapsing in the eyes
of twenty milliem Negreeso

A: Amews item frem the Atlanta Jeurnal and Qamstit tiem Q


dated May 20, 1963, stated that feurtanti-segregatie z e emstraters
pieketed Leb s Restaurant at the corner of Fersyth and Lmekie&#39;
Streets on that day. The article related that a fifth persem,
Prefesser HOWARD ZINN ef Spelman Gellege, passed eut&#39;1eaf1ets aski E8 the
recipients te call the restaurant ewner and tell him, "Yen will net
patronize his restaurant until it becomes eivilizedo"

On Jmly
22 and 24, 1963, Cemfidemtial semrees whe are
familiar with some security matters in the&#39;Atlanta, Geergia,
area, were eemtaeted and advised they had me iafermatiem
regardiagaaetivities of the subject of a security mature.

Vj0a Jm1y 22, 1963§! |At1amtafPeliee b6


Department, ldentitieatienf V s ea; a vlse that she?leeated Zb&#39
re reeerd.©£ the subjeet er his wire. -

Bureau, furnished
em emly
22,, 1963,,-1
credit reeerd fer su eet. s
mEi_|At1am1ta
reeerd stews
Cre
subject and his wife, RQSLYN had their file established Maren 1,
1957a The
reeerd indieates they
resided 350 LeewardStreet, S. W.
since L957 and were
formerly free New Yerk. hare
They peem in
Atlanta simee £856 where he was empleyed as a prefesser at
Spelmam Cellegeo There was methimg umfaverable in the reeerd
an their eredit rating is earried as satisfaetery. §= &#39;

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FAIR PLAY FOR CUBA COMMITTEE

The April 6, 1960, edition "The


of New York Times"
newspaper contains page
a full advertisement captioned "What
is Really Happening In Cuba," placed by the Fair Play for
Cuba Committee FPCC!. This
advertisement announced the
formation the
of FPCC in New York City and declared the
FPCC intended to promulgate "the truth about revolutionary
to
Cuba" neutralize the distorted American press.

"The
New York Times
edition January
of 11, 1961,
reported that a
at hearing conducted before the United States
Senate Internal Security Subcommittee on January 10, 1961,
Dr. Charles Santos-Buch
A. identified himself and Robert Taber
as organizers of the FPCC. He also testified he and
Taber
obtained funds from the Cuban Government which were applied
toward the cost the
of afore mentioned advertisement.

On October 3, 1960, asource advised that the


Socialist Workers Party SWP! in
New York had become active
in the and
FPCC, that SWP members, in an FPCC election, had
been able to remove several Communist Party CP! members who
92 were on the Executive Board of the FPCC and gain control of
the organization.

A second source advised that an announcement from


National Headquarters the
of SWP was made on September 24, 1961,
to the effect Richard Gibson had the
fired secretary in the FPCC
Headquarters and was trying to break the SWP influence inthe
FPCC.

Column 2, Page 8, of the February 22, 1962, edition


"The
-of New York Times" contains an article captioned, "Castro
Backer Resigns, which announced that
Robert Taber had resigned
as Executive Secretary of the FPCC and as President the
of
Institute the
for Improvement Inter-American
of Relations,
| Incorporated, which had organized the FPCC in April, 1960.
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On May 17, 1962, a third source advised that
National Headquarters the
of FPCC is located in Room
329 at
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New and
City, the
that FPCC is operating
the
under direction Richard
of Gibson, Acting National
Executive Secretary the
of FPCC.
r
E The SWP and the CPUSA have been designated by
i the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to
Executive Order 10450.

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INSTITUTE
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7* 4 RELATIQNS_AND
.&#39;&#39;1 . YPACIFIG
. AFFAIRS"

Sente Judiciary Committee, Report on the Institute


of Pacific Relations, Report #2050, 2,
July 1952, pages 13
and 142 sets
forth the following:
&#39; ?Paci£ic Affairs" =ean international quarterly
which served as the organ oi the Pacific Council of the
Institute of Pacific Relations IPR!,
223
_ Pages 225
and of above report state: f ?U_ _w
The IPR was a vehicle used by the Communists to orientate
American for eastern policies toward Communist objeetivesl
Members of the small core of officials staff
and who
members
controlled IPR&#39;were
either Communist or proeCbmmnnist.
The American Communist Party and Soviet officials
considered the organization "an instrument of Communist
policy, propaganda, and military intelligence,"

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APPENDIX

THE UNITED STATES FESTIVAL CQMMITTEE, INCORPORATED


6 Eighth Wor1d"Youth Festival! 66

The magazine "World Youth," third issue, 1961, a


bimonthly English-language publication of the World Feder-
ation of Democratic Youth WFDY!, contained an article
entitled "8th Festival in Helsinki." The article set out
that the first meeting of the International Preparatory

gggmitgee
0 prepare tgok
IPC!
or piacg
e igi tHe%si¤i,
hor You Fes Figlandé
Fegru
iva w ic ryh
was tobe heldin Helsinki in 1962.
Thearticle set out_that the IPC elected apermanent
commission composed of representatives of anumber of countries
including Canada or the United States as well representatives
as
from the wrny and the International Union of Students IUS!.
The IUS with headquarters in Prague, Czechoslovakia,
and the WFDY with headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, are cited
as communist organizations in the "Guide to Subversive Organi-
zations and Publications" dated December 1, published
1961, by
the Committee on Un-American Activities, United States House
of Representatives, Washington, D. C., pages 177.
91 and

A source advised that in April, Danny


1961, Ribin,
National Youth Director, Communist Party, USA, advised that
Communist Party districts should concentrate on getting broad
groups to sponsor the United States Festival Committee USFC!.
A second source on February 27, 1962, made available
apamphlet issued by the USFC describing the program for the
Festival. The pamphlet set out that the USFC was organized
by students and youth leaders at afounding conference at
Chicago, Illinois, October 15, and
1961, the USFC was organized
to publicize and encourage participation in the Helsinki Festi-
val. The pamphlet set out that the USFC had been recognized by
the IPC, the sponsoring body of the Festival, as the United Stat GS
Committee to administer US participation in the Festival. The
pamphlet set out the address of the USFC as Room 807, 460 Park
Avenue South, New York 16,
New York.

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May 23, 1962, that
the USFC reportedthat the dates of the
Eighth World Youth Festival had been changed from July 27 -
August 5, 1962, to July 28 -August 6, 1962.

.The Manhattan, New York, Address Telephone Directory


L dated June 5, 1962, lists the USFC at
H60 Park Avenue South,
1 New York, New York, telephone MU 6-0182.

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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

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Ref" ° Atlanta, Georgia ; ,
meme
July 31, 1963

TITLE HOWARD ZINN

CHARACTER SECURITY MATTER - C

REFERENCE Repert of SA RQBERT R.


NICHQLS, dated and eeptiened
as abeve

A11 seurces except any listed below! whese identites


are concealed in referenced cemumicatiem have furnished
reliable iniermatien in the past.

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ef the FBI. It is the preperty is
ef the FBI and leaned te yeur
it
agency; its
and eentem sereimet te be distributed eetside
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UNITED STATES so NMENT &#39;

TO ~ 1mancwon, FBI 00-360217! DATE, s/14/as

FROM ; sc, NEWARK 00-40670! nvc!

SUBJECT
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- R8 report Of SA ROBERT
R. NICHOLS dated 7/31/63 at
Atlanta.

On 8/12/63 atelephone was


call made to Upsala College,
345 Prospect Street, East Orange, NewJersey, at which time
SA BERNARDJ. CONNELL spoke to the switchboard operator. No
identification was needed, nor was apretext utilized inmaking
the callto seek the subject. r

The unidentified switchboard operator stated there


was no Professor HOWARD ZINN
on the faculty for the second
session of summer classes at Upsala College; however, Professor
ZINN did
teach during the first session of summer classes at
College
Upsala which ended inmid July, 1963.
The switchboard operator also contacted the office A-
of the Dean of Studies and ascertained that the only address
the college had for the subject was 600 West 115th Street,_
New York City. ~» "-*--"" W""-~ _
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At New York City, New York

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attempt
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For the information of Boston, the Atlanta Division


requested that subject&#39;s residence
and employment be verified
inasmuch Atlanta
as is considering recommending subject for
reserve index A Section.

On 9/25/63;| |6oo w.115th


Street, NYC, advised that he sublet his apartment located
600
at W. 115th Street, NYC, to HOWARDZINN and his family
fduring June and July, 1963. &#39;He said
that ZINN is currently
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X ~- number 45 Chap n
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subject&#39;s residenceat 45 Chapin Road, Newton Center 59.
Additionally attempt to determine if subject is currently
employed.

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sac, Boston 00-35505! RUG!

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On Octoberll, l963,| |Postal
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Protect
identity! advised Special DARREL
Agent CURRIE
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ZINN
named had recently move at 45 hapin Road,
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he had come to this area
be helpful in his writing.
of
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library
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self-
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residingand Workingat the addresseslisted below. The Division is being
considered the new office of origin.

Residence address

--45-Chap-in-Road --
-------------------------------
Newton Center, Newton, Massachusetts
Business address
Self employed writer

Check the following applicable statements;

This individual is the subject of


a Security Index Card. The Bureau is requested to make the appropriate
changes in the Security Index at the Seat of Government. The Division
appropriate
Should affix the Gddressesindicated above and the case file number.!
This subject is tabbed for Detcom.
or
This subject was carried as a Key Figure Top Functionary.
Handwriting specimens have been furnished to the Bureau.
A photograph has been furnished to the Bureau.
A security flash notice has been placed
with the Identification Division and acopy has been designated therefor
The following pertinent items are being forwarded to the new Office of Origin with its copies of this letter;
Security Index Cards
Serials specify!
Photograph of subject check appropriate item listed below!
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should be
above captioned individual. changed as follows specify -
change only!:

Name

HOWARD ZINN
Aliases

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Party C] Independent Socialist
League

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The article states Dr.
that HOWARD ZHN, former Mr.
professor of Political at
Science Spelman College, Atlanta Illa rvn
Ga., in a speech
before the American Jewish Congress at Y._Si1!l3m921
72 Franklin St., Boston, Mass., was critical of Attorney 511: . &#39;i a92*e1---
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a case in Qiabama,
last October when FBI agents Justice
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because they sought to register vote.
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Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga., l/BO/63.
on
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Chapin Rd.
ZINN isnowMass.
Newton Center
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his
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engaged inwriting a"historical survey". It is reported
l thgt hecamethe Boston area
to around the
first of October,
19 3 to take advantage of library facilities which be
would
helpful in his writings.

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WILLIAM
with J. LEWIS, author of the article.

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to
FBI by the subject, not previously reported, itis request~
F ed that
the Bureau and Boston be so advised immediately.

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to FBIkby means
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situation, a Southern college F.B.I. agents and Justice De-
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professor
declaredll
Friday.
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the steps a Federal court- .
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and
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professional division houseand watchedas local _; B ETON
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luncheon meeting the . . J. »
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what is needed in the South is .- s-1»:-: i .$:;&#39;- . am << Federal of cials completely
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civil rights.
ties. i Boston, Masse
Fed-
He contended that the Zinn recommendedas a spur j
eral governmentis reluctant to desegregationa stepping-up
to do this, and Justice De- ROBERT KENNEDY of Federal expenditures in A CEIRISTIAN SOIEl92 C15
partment of cials refuse to publicareaswhere laws pre-;
arrest local o icials whom
vent discriminationin hiring. &#39;3 MOMHDR, ~
Robert Kennedy, he contin-. Healso proposed thatAmer-1
of
they observe in the act ued, is not enforcingcivil, Boston, M%SSo
of
violating the civil rights rightslawswith the samedili- icanbusinessplayamajor role
in solvingthe nation sracial, RECORDMAEEIGAN
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Appointmentsto the Federal such as bank robberies and
District Court bench in South- mail thefts. natory practices and agree-
ments that violate fair play to:
ern states by the Kennedy ad-
ministration are notoriously In discussing what he termed all color and ethnic groups.
He
,bad, Zinn asserted. the Executive responsibilityin Even stockholders in corpo-
was
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Atty. Gen.civil rights matters,
Kennedy appearing in the sistedthat the only difference persistentlyvoicingtheir pro-&#39;
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of
named
judges his late brother South with regard to segrega- bias in every area life, Zinn
Date:1/Li-Z6!-L
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to the district courts.
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Author: Lewis
J.
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Dr. Howard former
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was critical of the Attorney General for his failure to prosecute
violations of civil rights and to protect the Negro against white
_viglence.
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T ,,alleging that FBI Agents and Justice Department attorneys stood
by on the steps of a Federal courthouse watched
and as local
officials arrested two Negro students on Federal property, then
dragged them through the streets because they sought to register
to vote.

The
lto,the Boston
respond to
suggests
Office
of the "Boston
editor
the Bureau
may
that
to
the allegation
Globe." ;;2L.
des relating to the FBI by means of aletter

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investigation by
Howard
this Bureau
been
Zinn
has thesubject
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of
was reportedly a
j*
3 member of the Communist Party CP! from l949-é-1953 and attended
meetings
CP during that period. He was recently ahistory
professor at Spelman College Negro! in Atlanta, Georgia, and
published two studies on Albany, Georgia, both of which appeared
to have slanted
been and biased documents.

incident
The described by Zinn appears
to be one of the
two incidents which occurredwon 10/7/63 at Selma. Bureau Agents
observed that three pickets arrested
were on the steps of the
Federal Building, Selma, Alabama, by Sheriff James G. Clark, Jr.,
and Chief Deputy Sheriff L. C.
Crocker. Negroes
The arrested were
carrying signs urging voter registration. information
This was
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in memorandum dated
l0/9/63 and; °
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with demonstrating on Federal property. They not


were
§dragged through the streets
and motion pictures of
taken
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Agents were
furnished tothe Department.
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Foreman, Student
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Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee leader, and James Baldwin, notorious b7c
Negro author, on l0/7/63 asked Sheriff James G. Clark if they
would be allowed to serve food to Negroes standing in avoter
registration line Selma.
at The sheriff refused stating that
*peop1e standing
in such aline were
not to be moles ter
ence, Foreman
to serve
Negroes
instructed
twothe
Negroes,Ei2: inthe line with sandwic es. ey
attempted to and were
arrested the
by Alabama Highway Patrol
In the process of the arrest, one Negro dropped to the
iground to lie down and the second Negro tripped over him and
fell down. The second Negro was immediately pulled off the ground
by state
troopers and taken to awaiting bus. The first Negro
struggling
began and kicking the
at troopers.
state He was
struck about
the legs
arms, and shoulders with the ends of
pnight sticks by the state
troopers and it was necessary for
the troopers to bodily carry this Negro to the bus for
ftransportation to the Dallas County Jail.
Agents on
were the scene
daily during this time at 56
oEe1ma observe
to activities
the uponspecific instruction
of b7@
t he eau
Bu concerning
r the[:::f:::Land[?::;:::;]case
he Department.

dated 10/ll/63
A preliminar
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was furnished
was conducted

to t eDepar
by

men . In addition,
efforts were made to locate films of this incident from newsmen
abut no films
were ever located.
It should noted
be that the ll/14/63 of
issue the
"Boston Globe"
carriedareport of aspeech
made ll/13463
on
by William S. Coffin Jr. Chaplain of Yale University. he
article contained
Mr. Coffin such as
several,false
the Director is
distorted
andthe iggesstgtements
"one of
by
segregationistswe
have in this country," that the Negro _
Lreceives "no support" from FBI Agents
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his rights, and that Mr. Hoover could easily prevent "the
things that are happening there" but he "couldn&#39;t care less."
Mr. Tolson by letter 11/19/63 wrote to Victor 0. Jones,
Executive Editor of the "Boston Globe," setting the record
straight.

R ECOMMENDATION.

This is the second time the "Boston Globe" has published


distorted articles concerning the FBI, even though they are second
hand, without consulting the FBI concerning the facts contained
therein. It is not recommended that aletter be addressed to the
"Boston Globe" but that the Crime Records Division attempt to
set the record straight through other friendly news sources in
the Boston area.

ACTION:

That memorandum
this be forwarded to the Records
Crime
Divisionkin order that friendly news sources in the Boston area
may be contacted concerning our role civil
in rights matters.
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NOTE:

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civil rights
American Jewish
investigations
Congress in
in and
speech
January, 1964,
Boston made additional inaccurate
before- iZ/
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Georgia. Active CP member 1948-49. In 1952 was
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facts.
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probably still
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1961 attempted to ,
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described as pro Castro in He
1962. publicly protested United
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ADMINISTRATIVE

The pretext used on February ll, l96h, was a


telephone call to the subject&#39;s re dence in the guise of a televi-
sion survey by SA DARREL B. CURRIE./
The subject resides with his wife ROSLYN ZINN
Bufile 100-376h98! and their
two children AS
at Ghapin
Road, Newton Center, Mass.

Information concerning subject&#39;scriticism


of
the FBI reported
as in the "Boston Globe" set
and forth
in this report, was previously furnished to the Bureau in
a letter dated January 6, l96h.

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informationE
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The above information is not to be made public

subpoena
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except in
person
to subpoenaed
be l
the usual proceedings following the issuance of

The above information was not included in the details


of this report since there no
is Bureau approved characterization
of the LOUIS M. RABINOWITZ FOUNDATION, INC.

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3. E3
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and Form FD-122a
been
has submitted to the Bureau.

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6. E]
Careful consideration been
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source concealed and T symbols
were utilized only in instances
those where the identities of sources
the must
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state reason! he was previously
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8/9/Sh when he denied he had
been amember of the GP. Interview not being conducted
at this time because of subject&#39;s status as awriter.

10. III
no
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been directed to the Bureau recommending cancellation of the Section A Reserve
Index card.
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has re-evaluated in the light of the Reserve Index criteria and it
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continues to fall within such criteria because state reason! of his 5 -l;a1;u_g
as aprofessor and
writer who has abackground of known
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The subject resides at Rd.,
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and isa self employed from
writer his residence? Subject
in speech before American Jewish Congress at Boston, Mass.,
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in was critical of Attorney General ROBERT KENNEDY and
the FBI concerning rights
civil matters. Informants advised
in 2/6h that they did not know the subject and could furnish
no information concerning him. /
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DETAILS 2

I. BACKGROUND

Residence and Employment


Tl
BS on February ll, l96h, advised that the
subject was still residing with his family at Road
N5 Chapin 7
Newton Center, Massachusetts, wha ahe has lived since early
October 1963 and that he appeared to be
doing research and
writing from his home.

February
On ll, 196E, by means of a pretext, it
was ascertained that subject residing
is still at A5 Chapin
Road and that he is aself employed writer from.his residence

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II. MISCELLANEOUS

The "Boston Globe}&#39;a Boston,


Massachusetts, daily
newspaper, in its of
issue January h, 196A, carried an article
authored by WILLIAM J. LEWIs entitled "Justice Department
Criticized." The article reported that Dr. HOWARD ZINN,
a former professor of Political Science at Spelman College,
Atlanta, Georgia, had given aspeech before the American
Jewish Congress at 72 Franklin Street, Boston Massachusetts
in which he had been critical of Attorne yeraGen l ROBERT
KENNEDY, for his failure to prosecute civil rights violations
and to protect the Negro against white violence.

The article also reported that the speaker had


cited acase in Sylma, Alabama, last October when FBI
Agents and Justice Department attorneys stood by on the steps
of aFederal house
court and watched as local officers arrested
two Negro students on Federal property, then dragged them
through the streets because they sought to register to vote.

Informants contacted in February 196k having


knowledge of some phases of Communist Party activity in the
greater Boston area stated they did not know the subject and
could furnish no information concerning him.

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February 18, l96L|,

Title HO WARD ZINN

Character SECURITY MATTER -C

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BARREL B. GURRIE at Boston,
A
Massachusetts, dated and
captioned as above.

sources
All except anylisted below! whose identities
are concealed in referenced communication have furnished reliable
information in the past.

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The publication in
"The Ration" its Hay 18, 1964,
issue contains an article by Zinn captioned "Incident
in
Hattiesburg." A footnote to the article describes Zinn as
a teacher
in the Department of Government, Boston University.
in
The last report this case dated February 18,
1964, describes Zinn as a se1£ emp1oyed writer from his
residence. Verify subject&#39;s
presence at Boston University.
A review of the in
file this case has been made and
the Bureau is of the opinion that name should be
subject&#39;s
in
included the Security Index because of his past affiliation
with.the communist movement and more recent support of the
Cuban regime. Security Index-cards are being.forwarded under
separate cover. Upon receipt, destroy the Section A§3Reserve
Index, cardsbeing maintained by you. I
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as continued
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certain
communist front organizations.
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was interviewed by Special Agents
of the New York Office. He
that perhaps his activities denied membership in the CP, acknowledged
that hewas
associated with the inthe CP aspastamember,
opened statedhim
had that
to he
charges
,% ,had participated in the activities of various rganizations which
might considered
be by his belief communist
was motivated
fronts, adding
that his
particigg ion
to
right believe, think and
provided such did not violate the
that in
rights of-others.
this country
He disclaimed is
people have as !
act according to their own ideals
any belief in the doctrine of force and violence, adding that
if he had knowledge of persons who advocate this principle he
adviselthe
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Subject&#39;s name was deleted from the Security Index


in July, 1955, under the Security Index Review Project then
in force because of absence of evidence of CP membership
within the past five years or evidence of substantial active
participation in communist front organizations within the
prior three years.

member of
In October, 1956,,advised
the CP from 1948-
L1 that he
llself-admitted
knew oward Zinn b6
to be aCP member about 1950-51 and believed him to be aCP
member as of October, although
1956, he could not substantiate ib"/C
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sourcerecontacted
was more
this belief.

claimed that
forspecifics
at which
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Following receipt

Zinn was aCP


of this

member from
allegation, the

at least 1949 unt


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about the middle of 1953, his knowledge being based upon the
fact that although not in the same CP club as Zinn he was
the
in same section and attended CP meetings with Zinn. Inves-
tigation at that time failed to develop additional evidence
of CP membership.

Subject&#39;s continued demonstration of procommunist


and anti U.S. sympathies appear to stem from his activities
at
Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, where he was employed
as aprofessor from 1958-63 and involve the following:

Zinn organized aseminar in Atlanta, Georgia, on


"American Policy Toward Cuba"
which was held in Atlanta,
Georgia, 5/9-10/62. William Worthy, the pro Castro
reporter for the Negro newspaper Baltimore Afro American,"
was one of the speakers and denounced U.S. policy toward
Cuba. According to asource in attendance, Zinn appeared
to in
be complete agreement with_Worthy.

In February, Zinn
1962, was one of anumber of
sponsors calling for ademonstration in front of the
White House in that month by students from all over
the United States demanding the of
ending all nuclear
testing and -termination of the Civil Defense Program.

In May, 1962, itwas reported that was


Zinn attempting
to recruit students to go to the 8th World Youth Festival
to be held in Finland in the Summer of 1963,
In November, subject
1961, was ahost at adinner
held inthe studentcafeteria atSpelman College
in honor
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in Atlanta. On 10/24/62 Zinn was


one of approximately
25 individuals who conducted ademonstration in Hurt Park,
Atlaxta, Georgia, to protest against U.S. policy inthe
situation.
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Zinn moved from Atlanta to the Boston area in the


early Fall of 1963 and the case was last brought up to date
February, 1964, at which time no information was developed
indicating any affiliation with asubversive movement. In his
public statements and in his writings he has been critical
of the Attorney General for failure to prosecute violations
of civil rights and has been critical of the Bureau concerning
its rollin rights
civil matters.

OBSERVATIONS:

Because of lack of evidence of membership in abasic


revolutionary organization since 1953, subject&#39;s namewas included
the
in Reserve Index, Section A, rather
than in the Security Index.
The Reserve Index represents aspecial group of individuals
to
scheduled receive priority attention with respect to investi-
gation, interrogation, or detention theYterms
under of the
Emergency Detention Program following invoking of the Program
and arrest of all Security subjects.
Index Section Reserve
A,
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Subject&#39;s activities makes this aclose case as to


whether he belongs on the Reserve Index or the Security Index.
He can, ~ho weve&#39;r, included
be on the Security Index under the
criterien iacts have been developed which
clearly and unmistakably
depict the subject as adangerous individual who might commit
acts inimical to the national defense and public safety of the
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HOWARD ZINN

Howard Zinn, also known as Howie Zinn, born


August 2Q, 1922, at
Brooklyn, New York, formerly aProfessor
History
of at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, now resides
at 45 Chapin Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. He is
presently aself-employed writer from his residence.

Zinn was identified as amember the


of Communist
Party, USA, l9#9
from to 1953, in New York City,
and since
that he
time has continued to demonstrate pro-Communist and
anti-United States sympathies.

was
Zinn organizer of aseminar on "American Policy
Toward China" held at the Atlanta University Center May 9 and
10, 1962, while employed as aProfessor Spelman
at College,
Atlanta, Georgia. One of
the seminar speakers was William
Worthy, described as apro-Castro reporter for the Negro
newspaper, "Baltimore Afro-American, who spoke favorably
the
of Black Muslims," praised afugitive being sought
by the FBI and denounced United States policy toward Cuba.
Zinn appeared to bein agreement with Worthy.

William Worthy was found guilty


on
August 8, 1962, entering
of the United
States without avalid passport, in the
United States District Court, Southern
District Florida,
of which judgment was
subsequently reversed and Worthy was
discharged.

The "Boston Globe," aBoston, Massachusetts


newspaper, inits issue of January 1964,
A, carried an
article entitled Justice Department Criticized." The
article reported that Howard Zinn, aformer professor of
Political Science at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia,
had given aspeech before the American Jewish Congress at
Boston, Massachusetts, in which he had been critical of
Attorney General Robert Kennedy for his failure to prosecute
civil rights violations and to protect the Negro against
white violence.

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Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 6&#39; 2" -6&#39;3"
Weight: 160 -170 pounds
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Brown .
Complexion: Sallow .,~*"
Marital Status: Married; wife, Boslyn zinn -5»
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