Topic: Black America

  • We always had solidarity

    The Black Panther Party's former minister of culture describes how the Black Power struggle inspired others to organize.

  • Reconstruction after the war

    The formal emancipation of slaves after the Civil War constituted a significant but incomplete advance for the working class.

  • The Civil War becomes a revolutionary war

    For the North to defeat the Southern Confederacy, the Union Army had to be transformed into an army of liberation.

  • To save the Union or to free the slaves?

    A war against slaveholders had to be transformed into a war against slavery for the North to win the Civil War.

  • The sun, the rain and the whip

    A new book about the history of slavery in the U.S. explains how unfree labor made American capitalism into a global force.

  • Breaking the spell of race

    The paperback publication of Karen Fields and Barbara Fields' book Racecraft provides an essential resource for a new generation of activists.

  • The road to the Civil War

    The North and South were on a collision course, but the shape and timing of the conflict depended on political questions.

  • The resistance to history's enormous crime

    The history of slavery is also a history of resistance and of the revolutionary overthrow of an entrenched system.

  • Slavery and the roots of racism

    The American Civil War ended 150 years ago, and with it, the system of slavery that built the U.S.--and world capitalism.

  • A new world in the making

    There is a reason why Malcolm X's words and actions continue to resonate with radicals half a century after his death.

  • A worldwide rebellion of the oppressed

    In his last year, Malcolm X became a revolutionary internationalist who was developing ties to the socialist left.

  • Emerging as a revolutionary

    When Malcolm X was forced out of the Nation of Islam, he moved sharply to the left, embracing revolutionary politics.

  • Reaching a dead end

    While Malcolm X regularly criticized the civil rights movement, he could offer no alternative from within the Nation of Islam.

  • Moving toward revolution

    Malcolm X's energetic proselytizing increased the size of the Nation of Islam--but it also turned Malcolm into a political leader.

  • Malcolm X: A revolutionary life

    Fifty years after his murder, SW's multi-part series starts with a looks at the world that shaped one of the 20th century's most important revolutionaries.

  • The 1960s generation turns left

    The example of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement gave students a new sense of courage and confidence in struggle.

  • Putting their "bodies on the gears"

    The Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley 50 years ago was the first great struggle of the campus revolts of the 1960s.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Las lecciones de Scottsboro

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

  • Struggling against Jim Crow North

    Close to 500 people gathered in Chicago to commemorate a barely known chapter in the fight for civil rights in the North.

  • The lessons of Scottsboro

    Almost 80 years after nine innocent Black teenagers were sentenced to die for a crime they didn't commit, the Scottsboro case is still relevant.