History and Traditions

  • An unflinching commitment to democracy

    The work of a long-time Chicago socialist reflected a commitment to illuminating our history and the fight for workers' democracy.

  • A strike for dignity and civil rights in Memphis

    Fifty years ago, African American sanitation workers in Memphis began a strike that is now remembered as Martin Luther King Jr.'s last struggle.

  • 1968: Tet and the watershed in Vietnam

    Fifty years ago, an offensive by the armed forces of Vietnamese people fighting for national liberation turned the tide decisively against the U.S. war.

  • Leon Trotsky, the historian

    Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution commands respect as both a work of history and a rigorous elaboration of Marxist theory.

  • The Man in Black goes to Folsom

    Fifty years ago, Johnny Cash played two concerts at Folsom Prison that changed music and cemented his place as an advocate for the oppressed.

  • The fable of localism

    A former ski coach and radio personality living in rural Vermont is the unlikely hero of climate activist Bill McKibben's novel.

  • 1968: The year that changed everything

    The struggles that came to a head or reached a turning point around the world 50 years ago were a profound challenge to a society of rulers and ruled.

  • Lessons from a road trip down Route 1917

    The editor of a new book on the Russian Revolution reflects on the meaning of 1917 as we confront the menace of capitalism in the time of Trump.

  • Why they still need their big lies about socialism

    In response to revived interest in socialism, right-wing ideologues are recycling old slanders about communism. What does today's left have to say?

  • The red convicts of Cherm

    An American journalist in Russia during the revolution describes a visit to a penal colony that was transformed by workers' power.

  • U.S. complicity in a genocide in Indonesia

    Recently released documents provide new and damning evidence of Washington's role in the slaughter of communists in Indonesia.

  • A union that defied an era of retreat

    A new book explains why a left-led union of hosiery workers grew and thrived in the 1920s, a time of retreat for organized labor.

  • The taking of the Winter Palace

    The old order's last holdouts surrendered at the Tsar's palace in Petrograd--which was protected as the property of all the people.

  • Making a new date in history

    An American journalist who witnessed the Russian Revolution describes the day when a workers' government was finally achieved.

  • A fighter against oppression to his last breath

    The co-founder of the American Indian Movement lived a long and amazing life that leaves behind a legacy of struggle.

  • Zionism, anti-Semitism and Lord Balfour

    One hundred years ago, Britain's Lord Balfour pledged support for Palestine as a "national home for the Jewish people."

  • What internationalists say about nationalism

    Whether it comes from the likes of Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, nationalism corrodes the spirit of solidarity that the working class needs.

  • Learning from the Flint sit-downers

    Eighty years later, the Flint sit-down strike offers the lesson that a well-organized rank and file can beat a powerful corporation.

  • The hammer blows heard around the world

    Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, nailed to a church door 500 years ago, launched a challenge to Catholicism's dominance.

  • The mighty cry of "All power to the Soviets"

    A witness to the revolution tells how failing confidence in the Provisional Government was replaced by hope in workers' councils.

  • Wholly dedicated to socialism from below

    The outpouring of love and comradeship for Joanne Landy shows the reach of her strong commitment to socialism and democracy.

  • Lessons past and future for the U.S. left

    In two new books, Paul Le Blanc helps draw out the lessons, concepts and tactics of Marxism for a new generation of socialists.

  • What if workers ran society?

    Socialism would mean workers collectively making decisions about how to organize society--not only individual workplaces, but the whole system.

  • Books for Bolsheviks

    The editor of a new collection of eyewitness accounts of the Russian Revolution gives you a reading list for learning about 1917.

  • Get read-y for the Marxism conferences

    Hopefully, you'll join Socialist Worker at one of the regional Marxism Conferences near you. Here's our reading list to be prepared.