1700s

Edinburgh's Other Tattoo - Ellis D. Hayes

A forensic representation of Bowed Joseph Smith

The story of Bowed Joseph Smith, notorious cobbler and rabble rouser in Edinburgh in the 1780s.

Bowed Joseph is said to have returned to support people resisting the eviction of Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre in 1994...

The Delivery of Newgate 6 June 1780

The burning, plundering and destruction of Newgate Prison

An entertaining account of The Gordon Riots, 18th Century black culture in London - and the invention of toothbrushes and locks.

By Midnight Notes Collective, 1985.

A Letter to Boston's "Radical Americans" From a “Loose and Disorderly” New Yorker, Autumn 1770

This picture shows THE FATAL FIFTH OF MARCH OF 1770, called the "Boston Massacre

Midnight Notes on the multi-ethnic rebellion at the roots of the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770 in which British soldiers shot and killed several people.

Class struggles, climate change, and the origins of modern agriculture

Plantation slavery

Class conflicts and colonial expansion in the context of the Little Ice Age lead to the emergence of capitalist agriculture and the transformation of social relations on a world scale.

Customs in common - E. P. Thompson

Eighteenth-century Britain saw a profound distancing between the culture of the patricians and the plebs. E. P. Thompson explains why in this series of brilliant essays on the customs of the working people, which, he argues, emerged as a culture of resistance towards an innovative market economy.

1600-1980: Introduction to the United States - Noel Ignatiev

Noel Ignatiev

Introduction to the United States: An Autonomist Political History, Noel Ignatiev

The many headed hydra: Sailors, slaves, and the atlantic working class in the eighteenth century - Marcus Rediker and Peter Linebaugh

Article on class struggle and compositon in the period leading up to and during the American revolution, showing how the struggles of sailors and slaves drove the movement to national liberation.