Topic: History

  • Was George Washington a French agent?

    A historian of the Russian Revolution looks at recently recycled allegations that Lenin was a German agent--and considers how the charge would fit in 1776.

  • A Bolshevik appeal finds an echo in the streets

    Two proclamations issued in Petrograd show how the radicalization of workers and soldiers led more people to the Bolsheviks.

  • How they saw Lenin

    The author of Lenin and the Revolutionary Party surveys the many evaluations of the best-known leader of the 1917 Revolution.

  • Calling for peace...and renewed offensives

    Two appeals by right-wing Russian socialists in May 1917 show how they couched support for war in the language of peace.

  • The problems with Alinskyism

    Under the Alinsky model, initiative remains in the hands of organizers and staff. But democracy is necessary to achieve change.

  • Dear Mr. Civil War Scholar-in-Chief

    Who knew Black history would become a theme of your presidency? For the second time, I am pole-axed by your comments about the subject.

  • Making science serve the people

    The experiences of an organization that took on racist and reactionary pseudoscience 40 years ago hold lessons for us today.

  • A life of power and privilege

    David Rockefeller's life shows how the rich shape everything from who gets elected to office to what art is allowed to be produced.

  • When King broke the silence on Vietnam

    Fifty years ago, the most prominent Black person in U.S. history defied all warnings and challenged capitalism, nationalism and the Vietnam War.

  • Hope in the revolution

    A historian considers what four American eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution have to say to us about the event today.

  • Joining together to achieve peace

    An appeal issued 100 years ago by the moderate socialists leading the Petrograd Soviet calls for unity in the cause of peace.

  • 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.