Topic: History

  • A strike for dignity and civil rights in Memphis

    Fifty years ago, African American sanitation workers in Memphis began a strike that is now remembered as Martin Luther King Jr.'s last struggle.

  • The return of great power rivalry

    Two government documents spell it out: The U.S. government is on the warpath against emerging big power rivals China and Russia.

  • Leon Trotsky, the historian

    Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution commands respect as both a work of history and a rigorous elaboration of Marxist theory.

  • 1968: The year that changed everything

    The struggles that came to a head or reached a turning point around the world 50 years ago were a profound challenge to a society of rulers and ruled.

  • Lessons from a road trip down Route 1917

    The editor of a new book on the Russian Revolution reflects on the meaning of 1917 as we confront the menace of capitalism in the time of Trump.

  • The red convicts of Cherm

    An American journalist in Russia during the revolution describes a visit to a penal colony that was transformed by workers' power.

  • U.S. complicity in a genocide in Indonesia

    Recently released documents provide new and damning evidence of Washington's role in the slaughter of communists in Indonesia.

  • Not a riot but a revolution

    Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution vividly a unique historical event--when working people took power in Russia.

  • A union that defied an era of retreat

    A new book explains why a left-led union of hosiery workers grew and thrived in the 1920s, a time of retreat for organized labor.

  • The taking of the Winter Palace

    The old order's last holdouts surrendered at the Tsar's palace in Petrograd--which was protected as the property of all the people.

  • Making a new date in history

    An American journalist who witnessed the Russian Revolution describes the day when a workers' government was finally achieved.

  • Why we remember 1917

    One hundred years ago, the final act of the Russian Revolution shook the world--by setting an example of mass democracy that still inspires today.

  • A fighter against oppression to his last breath

    The co-founder of the American Indian Movement lived a long and amazing life that leaves behind a legacy of struggle.

  • Zionism, anti-Semitism and Lord Balfour

    One hundred years ago, Britain's Lord Balfour pledged support for Palestine as a "national home for the Jewish people."

  • Learning from the Flint sit-downers

    Eighty years later, the Flint sit-down strike offers the lesson that a well-organized rank and file can beat a powerful corporation.

  • The hammer blows heard around the world

    Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, nailed to a church door 500 years ago, launched a challenge to Catholicism's dominance.

  • The mighty cry of "All power to the Soviets"

    A witness to the revolution tells how failing confidence in the Provisional Government was replaced by hope in workers' councils.

  • Books for Bolsheviks

    The editor of a new collection of eyewitness accounts of the Russian Revolution gives you a reading list for learning about 1917.

  • Was Stalinism inevitable?

    Providing a serious explanation of why the Russian Revolution was lost remains an essential task for revolutionary Marxists.

  • Why do we honor genocide?

    More cities are replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in recognition that the crimes of colonial violence shouldn’t be celebrated.

  • An epic series with an Achilles' heel

    PBS's series on Vietnam has shortcomings, but it reveals a lot of truth about the war and returns it to its proper place in U.S. history.

  • Monuments aren't just a "Southern problem"

    The legacy of slavery and the ongoing fact of racism aren’t confined to former slave states with Civil War monuments.

  • Comrades of the sea

    A journalist in revolutionary Russia in 1917 describes his encounters sailors who were part of the struggle to make the world anew.

  • James Baldwin's journey

    "Nothing can be changed until it is faced," wrote James Baldwin, and a new generation is learning from him about the challenges we face today.

  • Raising the red lantern

    In his history of the Russian Revolution, October, China Miéville brings together Marxist history and inspired literary writing.