Topic: History

  • 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.

  • Still fighting for our lives

    The Dakota Access Pipeline project is tied to the historic theft of Sioux lands--and so the resistance must learn that history.

  • A call for workers' power to end the war

    One hundred years ago, a leading antiwar socialist in Germany laid out the importance of a revolution to end the First World War.

  • Radical Columbia

    Though you wouldn't know it on the surface, Columbia University has a tempestuous history of resistance that shaped the campus in important ways.

  • Labor Day belongs to workers

    Labor Day was born out the most radical working-class struggles of the 19th century, and we should celebrate it today.

  • When King came up against Chicago racism

    Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King turned the attention of the civil rights struggle to the North--and endured hostility and hatred.

  • How a third party helped to abolish slavery

    Though they are reviled by liberals today, third parties have played an important part in advancing progressive causes in the U.S.

  • The myth of the nobility of war

    The Battle of the Somme is a stark example of the horror of war for a generation fed a false narrative about patriotic commitment.

  • How do you stop a blacklist?

    Opponents of the struggle for justice in Palestine are reviving the blacklist--with all its ugly history of political persecution and ruined lives.

  • Telling the other side of history

    Jim devoted his life to bringing the history of U.S. working-class struggles to students of history--and to workers themselves.

  • Capitalism still breeds war

    The Battle of the Somme during the First World War took place 100 years ago, but the scale of carnage is even greater today.

  • Liebknecht's cry of defiance in a military court

    One hundred years ago, German socialist Karl Liebknecht was sent to prison for protesting the First World War on May Day.

  • Taft and Hartley can shove it

    U.S. workers have devised many tactics to fight their employers. The Taft-Hartley Act was designed to outlaw as many as possible.

  • Texas hosts a war criminal

    Students at the University of Texas in Austin knew what to do when they heard Henry Kissinger was coming to campus: protest.

  • It's time to exonerate Ethel

    Supporters of an effort to exonerate a victim of the 1950s anti-communist witch hunts are taking their fight to Washington.

  • The Kiental Manifesto

    Socialist opponents of the First World War who came together in Zimmerwald in 1915 met again a year later to issue a new appeal.

  • Upton Sinclair and the Democrats' dirty tricks

    The famous socialist won mass support during his 1934 campaign for governor of California--but he was betrayed by the Democratic Party.