History

"We were the poor people": The Hormel strike of 1933 - Larry D. Engelmann

An article by Larry D. Engelmann about the 1933 Hormel strike, organized by the IWW-influenced Independent Union of All Workers (IUAW).

The 1916 Minnesota miners' strike against U.S. Steel - Robert M. Eleff

An article by Robert M. Eleff detailing a 1916 strike which involved the IWW, in the Iron Range of Minnesota.

Keeping Minneapolis an open-shop town: the Citizens' Alliance in the 1930s - Lois Quam & Peter Rachleff

A paper written by Lois Quam and Peter Rachleff about the Citizens' Alliance, an association of employers and right wingers that opposed unions in Minneapolis during the 1930s.

The 1935 Flour City Ornamental Iron Works strike - Drew Shonka

Damage to Flour City Ornamental Iron Company building during strike, Minneapolis

An article by Drew Shonka about an AFL strike at the Flour City Ornamental Iron Works in Minneapolis, which left 2 dead and dozens injured after police opened fire on pickets after street fighting.

The 1935 Strutwear strike: ‘The stories of the workers are different’ - Elizabeth Faue

1935: Pickets and striking workers at the Strutwear Knitting Company, Minneapoli

An article by Elizabeth Faue about the 1935 Strutwear strike in Minneapolis.

How it all began: the personal account of a West German urban guerrilla - Bommi Baumann

A memoir of Bommi Baumann, a member of the 2 June Movement, one of West Germany's urban guerrilla groups in the 1960s and 70s. First published in 1975, after he renounced violence and left the group in 1972. Libcom.org does not agree with all the politics of the author but reproduces this text for reference.

The occupation of the factories: Italy 1920 - Paolo Spriano

Fiat plant occupied by the workers, 1920

The story of the mass wave of strikes and factory occupations which swept Italy 1920-21 told from the documents and accounts of the time. Written in 1964 and translated into English in 1975 by Gwyn A Williams, who also wrote the introduction. We don't agree with all of the political perspective of the author but reproduce this text for its historical factual information.

Crespo, Carmen (1916-1936)

A short biography of the Spanish anarchist militia woman Carmen Crespo who died at the age of twenty

Hernáez Vargas, Casilda aka Kasi, 1914-1992

Casilda Hernaez

A short biography of Basque anarchist Casilda Hernaez.

The Communist Party and socialists during the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite strike

A passage about radicals involvement in the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite strike, from The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions by Roger Keeran.