“This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away,” Daniels wrote in a Feb. 9, 2010, email after Zinn’s death.
“The obits and commentaries mentioned his book, ‘A People’s History of the United States,’ is the ‘textbook of choice in high schools and colleges around the country.’ It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page.”
Daniels has insisted Zinn should not be taught in Indiana’s K-12 classrooms and believes he presents a “falsified” version of history. Zinn’s 1980 work explores history through the viewpoints of Native Americans and others who he said weren’t represented in traditional textbooks.
Daniels said last week he would support Zinn’s academic freedom if he were tenured faculty at Purdue.
In his letter Monday, he said that he never had made any public comment about Zinn, “other than a mention of him in a book I wrote in 2011, until attacked in the recent AP story.”