History

The National Guard Is No Friend of Workers and the Oppressed: A Lesson from Ludlow

On this day in 1914, the National Guard slaughtered striking miners and their wives and children in Ludlow, Colorado. The National Guard has never been a friend of the working class, even if its members come from that class. No wonder unionists expelled the National Guard recently from the St. Paul Labor Center, which it was using to launch its forays into Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after the police killing of Daunte Wright.

Lessons of the 1934 Textile Strike: Their Relevance for Today

In the 1930s, hundreds of thousands of U.S. textile workers took advantage of new legislation and joined unions in an industry that had been facing economic hardship even before the Great Depression. Exploitative working conditions in the South led to one of the largest labor strikes in U.S. history — one that suffered a bitter defeat. The story and its lessons deserve to be told.

Jobs for All! (1945)

A Fighting Program for Labor (published in 1945 by the U.S. Socialist Workers Party)

Sometimes Rosa Luxemburg Was Depressed Too

Rosa Luxemburg was known as a ball of energy — “like a candle burning at both ends.” But like every person, she also suffered moments of despair.

Lessons of the Commune

The Paris Commune, founded 150 years ago, ended in a bloody defeat. But this defeat offered lessons to revolutionaries around the world. Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Luxemburg — all drew strategic lessons that were applied in the Russian Revolution.

The Resolution of the Communards

The Paris Commune was founded 150 years ago today. The working class took power for the first time in history. This new government fought for workers’ control and women’s liberation.

Insurgent Communards: The Road to Revolution

The Paris Commune was founded on March 18, 1871. A few days before the 150th anniversary, we look at how the ground was prepared for the first working-class government in history.

What Is International Women’s Day?

“Why is there no Men’s Day?” “Women’s Day should be every day.” “Buy your girlfriend flowers.” “Aren’t we getting any presents at the office?” “It’s not a day of celebration but of struggle, because it’s the day we remember the women workers who died in a fire.” “What fire?” Here, Andrea D’Atri explains the real history behind International Women’s Day.