Topic: History

  • The only guarantee of Polish independence

    One hundred years ago, Polish socialists in Petrograd pointed to the Russian Revolution as the hope for liberation from empire.

  • Soldiers, take power into your own hands!

    This appeal from Russian socialists shortly after the February Revolution called on soldiers to side with the workers' councils.

  • For a general strike against autocracy

    One hundred years ago, Russian socialists called for an insurrectionary strike--on the day centuries of Tsarist rule finally ended.

  • Five days that ended an empire

    In the space of less than a week in 1917, workers in Russia overturned the old order and set the stage for a year of revolution.

  • She stood on the barricades

    Elisabeth Dmitrieff was a socialist and a fighter in the Paris Commune who sought to improve conditions for working women.

  • A day to prepare for conquering the enemy

    A leaflet issued by Russian socialists 100 years ago to honor Working Women's Day anticipated the revolution that began that day.

  • When Russia had a YUGE revolution

    The anniversary of the Russian Revolution brings to mind the similarities between Tsar Nicholas II and a certain other dim tyrant.

  • Take all power into the hands of your soviets

    A historian of the Russian Revolution looks at how revolutionaries put their belief in workers' self-emancipation into practice.

  • For a provisional revolutionary government

    Weeks before the uprising against the Tsar, the Bolsheviks agitated for a one-day strike with the aim of advancing workers' power.

  • Nothing can be changed until it is faced

    I Am Not Your Negro is a personalized history of the civil rights and Black Power era, through the words of James Baldwin.

  • Two amazing Americans!

    President Trump was right about Frederick Douglass--he has done an amazing job and is recognized for it everywhere he goes!

  • Only a provisional government can bring peace

    With the social crisis intensifying, Russian socialists from the Mensheviks called for a provisional government to replace the Tsar.

  • The American tradition of refusing refugees

    Donald Trump's ban on Muslim refugees is part of a shameful history that includes U.S. government policies to block European Jews fleeing the Nazis.

  • The day of the people's wrath is near

    In a foreshock of the revolution to come, Russian socialists called for a protest strike on the anniversary of a previous uprising.

  • When George Wallace came to town

    Looking at the racist presidential campaigns of Alabama Gov. George Wallace can help us make sense of Trump's appeal today.

  • Who gets the bird: the hunter or the dog?

    Today's labor radicals can learn from the socialists who helped organize the CIO and mobilize the militant upsurge of the 1930s.

  • To the revolutionary students of Russia

    As the first installment in a series to mark 100 years since Russia 1917, we publish a leaflet from Bolshevik-influenced students.

  • Was America ever great?

    Donald Trump promises to "Make America great again"--which begs the question that Thanksgiving raises about the real history of the U.S.

  • The revolutionary legacy of the Black Panthers

    Founded 50 years ago, the Panthers won a mass audience for revolutionary politics on a scale unrivaled in the U.S. since the 1930s.

  • Bargaining on a revolution?

    Tom Hayden didn't "sell out" when he backed Democrats like Hillary Clinton--it was a natural consequence of his politics.

  • Eyewitness to Hungary’s revolution

    Sixty years ago, Hungarian workers rose up in defiance of intense repression and challenged the Stalinist dictatorship.

  • Unraveling America's founding myths

    A book that examines myths about Native Americans and U.S. history associated with them couldn't come out at a better time.

  • Across the color line

    The author of a newly published book about political thinker W.E.B. Du Bois explains why his legacy remains relevant today.

  • In defense of the Wounded Knee militants

    Today's resistance at Standing Rock brings to mind past Native struggles, particularly the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.

  • Aciertos y fallas de un rebelde

    Ernesto "Che" Guevara debe ser celebrado por su valor y espíritu igualitario, y criticado por su visión autoritaria del socialismo.