Topic: History

  • 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.

  • Miners for democracy and the planet

    During the 1960s and 70s, coal miners connected their struggle for a stronger union to the fight against "environmental mayhem."

  • When the whole world was watching Mississippi

    Fifty years ago, the civil rights movement embarked on one of its most ambitious campaigns yet: The Mississippi Summer Project.

  • UPS and the "outlaw" strike of 1946

    UPS's move into New York started a chain reaction that led to the longest Teamster strike at the company until the mid-1970s.

  • A revolutionary in the auto plant

    General Baker was a troublemaker his whole life, particularly fighting for Black liberation inside Detroit's auto plants.

  • We together shall rise

    A government witch-hunt victim pays tribute to the late poet Maya Angelou with his own verse, written in response to hers.

  • The man that Chrysler learned to fear

    One of the best-known figures from the Black workers' rebellion in late 1960s Detroit has died after a long illness.

  • The Package King's faithful Teamster

    Dave Beck, leader of the West Coast Teamsters, was responsible for initiating the union's cozy relationship with UPS.

  • Challenging Jim Crow schools: Then and now

    The Brown v. Board of Education decision 60 years ago was a landmark victory for civil rights--but schools today have become resegregated.

  • UPS and the Package King

    To this day, UPS resembles the personality of its founder James E. Casey--a discipline fanatic with a loopy fascination about packages.

  • The story of the Ludlow miners

    One hundred years ago, striking miners were shot down in their tent colony--but there's more to the story than their massacre.

  • Clara Zetkin, socialism and women's liberation

    Often overlooked along with the International Working Women's Day holiday is the German socialist who first proposed it: Clara Zetkin.

  • Las lecciones de Scottsboro

    Casi 80 años después que nueve adolescentes negros inocentes fueron condenados a muerte, el caso Scottsboro sigue siendo relevante.

  • A working class hero

    The U.S. working class lost one of its staunchest fighters when Pete Camarata--the "best-known Teamster rebel"--died.

  • Learning the lessons and passing them along

    Pete Camarata was not just a friend and comrade, but a working-class fighter who touched the lives of thousands.

  • Who won and who lost in the War on Poverty?

    The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's declaration of a "War on Poverty" has reignited a debate about the persistence of inequality.

  • Tarnish on their Great War

    Britain's education secretary wants to celebrate the First World War--and replace pacifist nonsense with prideful patriotism.