1900s

Yours in Revolt : The Socialist Party of Canada and the Western Canadian Labour Movement

Yours in revolt Gerald Friesen 1976

The militancy of western Canadian workers during the first two decades of this century culminated in 1919 in secessions from the Trades and Labor Congress of Canada and the American Federation of Labor, the establishment of the One Big Union, and a wave of strikes. In part because of its innate drama, in part because it profoundly affected the course of socialist politics and trade union organization in the nation, the unprecedented outburst has attracted many students in the intervening years.

Yours for the Revolution : Communication and Identity in the Western Clarion

Western Clarion Historical Materialism

English Studies in Canada June/September 2015
This article describes and analyses one of the most influential socialist newspapers of the early-twentieth century in Canada, the Western Clarion (Vancouver, 1903-25). Emphasis is placed on the selective use of various literary forms to define community interests and popularize the platform of the Socialist Party of Canada, and on how such communication practices shaped and were shaped by the maintenance of identity and group formation. At stake is a more complete record of Canadian literary history as well as a better understanding of literature and the politics of progress during a critical period of nation building.

The Historical Place of the SPGB

SPGB rally Trafalagar Square 1967

Transcript of the opening remarks of a talk by Steve Coleman (for the Socialist Party of Great Britain) taking place on 1 June 1980 in London. Full audio recording also available online.

The Industrial Union Bulletin: an introduction and appraisal - Melvyn Dubofsky

A short history of the Industrial Union Bulletin, an early IWW newspaper.

Anarchy in Puerto Rico

Occupation of Porto [i.e. Puerto] Rico.Towing United States troops ashore, 8-7-1

A review by Rod Jackman of Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921.

“I never met a man I admired more”: Vincent St. John (1876-1929)

A short biography written by Juan Conatz of Vincent St. John, who was a hugely important and influential member in the IWW's early years.

International Socialist Review

Archive of the International Socialist Review, a magazine published by Charles Kerr Publishing Cooperative that was supportive of the direct action oriented 'left-wing' of the Socialist Party and the Industrial Workers of the World. ISR's antiwar stance eventually caused problems with the U.S. government, which revoked its mailing privileges, causing ISR to go defunct.

Civilization in Southern Mills

Two boys working on textile loom

An article by Mother Jones on the working conditions of the South.

The anarchist movement in North Africa: 1877-1951

Normally eurocentric, Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt sketch out the anarchist movement in North Arica until the mid-twentieth century.

The Charter of Amiens

The Charter of Amiens was adopted by the Confédération Générale du Travail in 1906. It marked a watershed in the development of French anarcho-syndicalism and of the French labour movement more broadly (later reversed of course) by underlining the independence from and opposition to political parties and the state. It is a defining document of the revolutionary and anarcho-syndicalist movements, no less so than the IWW Preamble is for anglophone anarcho-syndicalists.