History

Samuel Gompers Letter to Engels

Samuel Gompers AFL

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, 1809-1865: A Biography - Dana Ward

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

Short biography of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, the first thinker to ever call themselves an 'anarchist'.

1958 Notting Hill race riots

1958 Notting Hill race riots.

Ron Ramdin's history on the 1958 Notting Hill 'race riots', which saw mass racial violence last for several days over a wide area of West London as groups of white people, often Teddy Boys or individuals linked to far-right organisations, would attack black individuals as they walked through the streets or sometimes even at their homes.

1958 Nottingham race riots

Local newspaper covering the 1958 Nottingham race riots.

Ron Ramdin's short history on the 1958 Nottingham race riots, in which over a thousand white people took part in mass racist violence against local West Indians. The violence in Nottingham would act as a prelude for an even more serious and widespread outbreak of violence in Notting Hill, West London, less than a week later.

Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence

Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence.

Anandi Ramamurthy's history of the Bradford 12 trial, in which twelve members of the United Black Youth League were arrested on conspiracy charges for preparing to defend their community from fascists. Ramamurthy places the trial in the context of the urban riots which swept Britain in the summer of 1981 as well as detailing the solidarity campaign, their bold legal defence and eventual acquittal.

Messianic Troublemakers: The Past and Present Jewish Anarchism - Jesse Cohn

Jesse Cohn looks at the engagement and activities of Jewish people in the international anarchist movement, their involvement in labour struggles, propaganda by deed and their relationship to Jewishness as both a religious and national identity.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - Marek Edelman

Jewish fighters captured during the Warsaw ghetto uprising, 1943.

First-hand account of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, and the increasingly inhumane living conditions imposed on the ghetto by the Nazis in the years leading up to it, told by Marek Edelman, member of the socialist Jewish Labour Bund and co-founder of the Polish anti-Nazi resistance group, the Jewish Combat Organization (ŻOB).

Emerging conflicts in the Asian Youth Movements

United Black Youth League, Bradford.

Anandi Ramamurthy analyses the emerging divisions within the Asian Youth Movements around the issue of state funding. One faction opted to accept and was slowly absorbed into the functioning of the local state apparatus as individuals made careers for themselves in the Labour Party. Meanwhile, the other faction split off to form the United Black Youth League, opting instead for a more militant path.

1892 New Orleans General Strike

White and black dockworkers rest on cotton bales. The general strike was success

An extract from Life in the Teamsters: The Civil Rights Movement documenting an early example of class solidarity in the segregationist southern USA.

Women and the Asian Youth Movements

Demonstration of the Anwar Ditta Defence Campaign.

Anandi Ramamurthy analyses the involvement of women within the Asian Youth Movements and how the groups engaged (or didn't) with issues of gender, sexism and women's liberation both within the organisation as well as in their activism.