Topic: History

  • The new socialist resistance against war

    A small gathering held in Zimmerwald, Switzerland, 100 years ago marked a turning point in the socialist movement.

  • The party and Black liberation

    The Communist Party was the first socialist group in the U.S. to make the fight against racial oppression central to its program.

  • A hero of the Western Wobblies

    An engaging biography of Frank Little aims to recover the IWW leader's mighty struggles as lessons for left-wingers today.

  • Rebellion in Watts

    Fifty years ago, the upsurge of protest, rioting and clashes with police in Los Angeles signaled a new phase in the Black freedom struggle.

  • What caused the Eastland disaster?

    A socialist journalist reveals how the priorities of capitalism were responsible for a deadly nightmare on the Chicago River.

  • Removing the flag isn't enough

    The elimination of racism will not require "finishing the Civil War," but a very different revolution--one to abolish capitalism.

  • Marxism and the fight for women's liberation

    The author of Women and Socialism introduces her newly released book--a Marxist analysis of women's oppression and the fight for liberation.

  • Socialism according to Eugene V. Debs

    At best, the U.S. socialist leader is treated like a historical relic—but his legacy speaks to the potential for socialist ideas to get a hearing today.

  • How race is conjured

    The authors of the book Racecraft explain how the fiction of race obscures the real source of racism and inequality today.

  • Tall tales about Waterloo

    The British media is celebrating the defeat of France's Napoleon in a battle 200 years ago, but the real story is different.

  • Reflecting on the Juneteenth anniversary

    Three Socialist Worker contributors comment on the Black freedom struggle 150 years after the date that historically marks the end of slavery.

  • Thenceforward and forever free

    Despite its avoidance of questions about justice, the Emancipation Proclamation was a challenge to the American political order.

  • In the wrong place at the right time

    The dual-unionist strategy of syndicalist formations put them outside the main terrain of class struggle at important times.

  • We always had solidarity

    The Black Panther Party's former minister of culture describes how the Black Power struggle inspired others to organize.

  • Reconstruction after the war

    The formal emancipation of slaves after the Civil War constituted a significant but incomplete advance for the working class.

  • The Civil War becomes a revolutionary war

    For the North to defeat the Southern Confederacy, the Union Army had to be transformed into an army of liberation.

  • To save the Union or to free the slaves?

    A war against slaveholders had to be transformed into a war against slavery for the North to win the Civil War.

  • The sun, the rain and the whip

    A new book about the history of slavery in the U.S. explains how unfree labor made American capitalism into a global force.

  • Breaking the spell of race

    The paperback publication of Karen Fields and Barbara Fields' book Racecraft provides an essential resource for a new generation of activists.

  • The road to the Civil War

    The North and South were on a collision course, but the shape and timing of the conflict depended on political questions.

  • The resistance to history's enormous crime

    The history of slavery is also a history of resistance and of the revolutionary overthrow of an entrenched system.

  • Strange convergence

    Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg would both have been 100 years old this year, and their lives were intertwined in so many ways.

  • Slavery and the roots of racism

    The American Civil War ended 150 years ago, and with it, the system of slavery that built the U.S.--and world capitalism.

  • The youth challenge to war

    An international meeting of youth delegates 100 years ago adopted a ringing manifesto against the First World War.

  • Socialist women unite against war

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