libcom.org launches new working class history social media pages

libcom.org launches new working class history social media pages

Today, 30 July, anniversary of the first recorded strike in North American history, we are launching a new working class history page on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate our history: people's history.

History is not made by the actions of a few rich and powerful individuals, kings and queens and politicians, like so much of the history we learn in school.

History is made by the combined everyday actions of hundreds of millions of us: women, men, youth, people of colour, migrants, indigenous people, LGBT people, disabled people, workers, the unemployed, housewives - the working class.

It is our struggles which have shaped our world, and any improvement in our conditions has been won by years of (sometimes violent) conflict and sacrifice.

On this day in 1766, silver miners in Real Del Monte, Mexico, went on strike against a 25% pay cut. They faced down repression from the bosses' private army and held out until September, when the employers caved in.

Facebook.com/workingclasshistory and @wrkclasshistory are dedicated to all those - like the Real Del Monte miners - who have struggled in the past for a better world, and who continue to do so now. To help record and popularise our grassroots, people's history, as opposed to the top-down accounts of most history books.

Mostly we will post On This Day in History… content, about one item per day. We also have a working class history timeline: just scroll down right down the page, or use the year shortcuts on the right-hand side of the page to navigate it.

We know that Facebook has its problems, however one thing which can't be denied is its ability to share information virally, and to reach people who might otherwise never see a radical pamphlet, book or newspaper.

So please get involved: Like our page, Like and share our content, and invite any of your friends who may be interested to Like the page as well.

This page has been founded by a group of people involved in libcom.org - a resource for discontented workers, which contains libcom.org/history, possibly the internet's biggest archive of specifically working class and people's history.

We are also keen to expand our working class history archive here, and we need people to help us so please contact us or let us know in the comments below if you are interested.

www.facebook.com/workingclasshistory
www.twitter.com/wrkclasshistory

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Jul 30 2014 13:36

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  • History is not made by the actions of a few rich and powerful individuals, kings and politicians‚Ķ history is made by the combined everyday actions of hundreds of millions of us: women, men, people of colour, migrants, LGBT people, disabled people, workers, the unemployed - the working class.

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Fleur
Sep 27 2014 17:04

Do you still need a hand with this? Unfortunately the next 2-3 weeks I cannot commit any time to anything at all but afterwards, if there's anything you think I might be able to lend a hand with, PM me and let me know.

Steven.
Sep 27 2014 23:27
Fleur wrote:
Do you still need a hand with this? Unfortunately the next 2-3 weeks I cannot commit any time to anything at all but afterwards, if there's anything you think I might be able to lend a hand with, PM me and let me know.

That would be amazing! I will send you a message tomorrow

Steven.
Feb 11 2015 23:35

Bump, because we now have a decent twitter feed as well: https://twitter.com/wrkclasshistory

So please follow us and invite your friends to do likewise!

Steven.
Jul 30 2016 12:47

Well this page turns 2 today, and we are just a little shy of 50,000 likes, so it is definitely our most successful social media effort so far. We still always need help, especially with our twitter page so if anyone would like to lend a hand please let us know

Steven.
May 14 2017 15:27

Testing

Khawaga
May 14 2017 15:31

Worked for me. Chrome on cell phone. It looks great.

Steven.
May 14 2017 15:46
Khawaga wrote:
Worked for me. Chrome on cell phone. It looks great.

cool. Was basically testing a new way of doing the working class history Facebook page calendar, which we could then embed on here.

Ultimately we want to embed that sort of timeline across the site with all of our content, so you can browse tags through timelines like that. So we are working on that with the redesign

Khawaga
May 14 2017 16:53

Also worked on my laptop (Chrome on Windows).

That feature will be great, especially when combined with those maps.

petey
May 14 2017 18:46

works for me too, firefox on windows

bastarx
May 15 2017 06:23

I understand it requires a lot of work but more active purging of fascists and other reactionaries who comment on the facebook page would be greatly appreciated.

Steven.
May 15 2017 09:41
bastarx wrote:
I understand it requires a lot of work but more active purging of fascists and other reactionaries who comment on the facebook page would be greatly appreciated.

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We delete and ban every discriminatory comment we see. Right-wingers who don't say anything discriminatory we don't necessarily ban, as we are happy for discussion to take place. Are you saying that there are discriminatory/racist/sexist etc comments visible on the page? If so please let us know where so we can take action