Some historians have jumped to the defense of Howard Zinn and his "People's History of the United States." It recently was revealed that Purdue University President Mitch Daniels had, when he was governor of Indiana, sent e-mails urging state officials to avoid using Zinn's best-selling but controversial book in schools. Critics of Daniels's actions include Stanford historian Sam Wineburg, himself a critic of Zinn's book, who called the messages "a shameless attempt to censor free speech."

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