Howard was born in 1922. His parents were Eddie Zinn and Jenny (Rabinowitz) Zinn. His father was born in Austria-Hungary and his mother was born in Irkutsk, Siberia. Howard was an American historian and social activist and was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than twenty books, including A People's History of the United States.
Zinn married Roslyn Shechter in 1944 and she died in 2008. Howard died of a heart attack in 2010. They had a son Jeff and a daughter Myla. Myla is married to Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The 1940 US Census shows Howard Zinn (age 18) living in New York with his parents Eddie Zinn (age 47 born in Austria) and Jennie Zinn (age 40 born in Russia). Howard was the oldest of four children; his siblings were Bernard (16), Jerome (13), and Scymour (Seymour?) (9). 
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQ9T-TG8 : accessed 11 September 2017), Howard Zinn in household of Eddie Zinn, Assembly District 19, Brooklyn, New York City, Kings, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 24-2303, sheet 7A, line 19, family 151, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2606.
"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VQSS-YJX : 20 May 2014), Howard Zinn, 27 Jan 2010; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X76R-V38 : accessed 28 September 2018), Howard Zinn in household of Edward Zinn, Brooklyn (Districts 0751-1000), Kings, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 925, sheet 10B, line 79, family 301, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1491; FHL microfilm 2,341,226.