Topic: History

  • Socialist women unite against war

    One hundred years ago, women revolutionaries adopted the first international socialist appeal against the First World War.

  • A new world in the making

    There is a reason why Malcolm X's words and actions continue to resonate with radicals half a century after his death.

  • A worldwide rebellion of the oppressed

    In his last year, Malcolm X became a revolutionary internationalist who was developing ties to the socialist left.

  • Emerging as a revolutionary

    When Malcolm X was forced out of the Nation of Islam, he moved sharply to the left, embracing revolutionary politics.

  • Reaching a dead end

    While Malcolm X regularly criticized the civil rights movement, he could offer no alternative from within the Nation of Islam.

  • Moving toward revolution

    Malcolm X's energetic proselytizing increased the size of the Nation of Islam--but it also turned Malcolm into a political leader.

  • Malcolm X: A revolutionary life

    Fifty years after his murder, SW's multi-part series starts with a looks at the world that shaped one of the 20th century's most important revolutionaries.

  • The filth and the Feds

    Witch hunts against minorities and activists based on their sexual relationships was all in a day's work for J. Edgar Hoover.

  • The 1960s generation turns left

    The example of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement gave students a new sense of courage and confidence in struggle.

  • The spark that lit the 1960s campus revolt

    A participant in the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley 50 years ago explains why the struggle had a galvanizing impact on a generation.

  • Liebknecht's historic appeal against world war

    A German revolutionary's stand 100 years ago resounded across Europe and gave new impetus to socialist antiwar currents.

  • Putting their "bodies on the gears"

    The Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley 50 years ago was the first great struggle of the campus revolts of the 1960s.

  • The real Thanksgiving story

    The time-worn tale of Pilgrims and Indians happily sharing a meal covers up a legacy of land theft and genocide.

  • Cocaine, contras and the CIA

    Kill the Messenger recounts an ugly chapter in the history of U.S. imperialism--along with the media's shameful complicity.

  • A woman of steel

    Alice Peurala left an impressive legacy as a fighter for workers' rights and women's rights inside the labor movement.

  • Two calls to struggle against World War I

    The revolutionary response to the First World War was shaped by two manifestoes written by V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky.

  • Socialists rooted in the struggle

    A new collection of essays by Kim Moody is explicitly written for socialists organizing in or around the labor movement.

  • This day celebrates an enemy

    The historical record is clear about Christopher Columbus' barbarism. So why is there still a federal holiday to honor him?

  • Changing shape or shaping change?

    UPS had to respond to the tumult and discontent of the 1960s, but Big Brown did its best to "shape change" in its interests.

  • It seemed like the end of everything

    On the anniversary of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, the story of one survivor recalls the horrors of those mass murders.

  • A pretense for war in Vietnam

    August 2 marked the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which gave the U.S. government an excuse for war in Vietnam.

  • Capitalism's world war and the battle against it

    The First World War, which began 100 years ago, proved to be a decisive turning point for humankind--and for its socialist movement.

  • Roots of a rank-and-file revolt

    Half a century ago, labor activist Stan Weir identified the sources of militancy and radicalism among rank-and-file unionists.

  • The struggle for Silvertown

    John Tully's history of a defeated strike in 1889 London reveals how the industrial era was built on the backs of workers.

  • The rise of the "Quiet Giant"

    In the 1950s and '60s, UPS transformed itself from a specialized delivery company into an emerging giant of shipping.