1930s

The beginning of the sit‐down era: The reminiscences of Rex Murray

An account by Rex Murray, a local union president, of the 1934 sit-down strike by rubber workers in Akron, Ohio.

Radicals and the jobless: the Musteites and the unemployed leagues, 1932-1936 - Roy Rosenzweig

A paper by Roy Rosenzweig about the American Workers Party and its organizations for the unemployed during the 1930s.

Anarchism and the Spanish revolution - Helmut Wagner

An article written by the German council communist Helmut Wagner in April 1937 criticizing extensively the political developments in Spain during the civil war and within it the role played by the anarchists and their organizations. This article first appeared in Ratekorrespondenz, the official publication of the Gruppe Internationaler Kommunisten (GIK) based in Holland, before appearing in Paul Mattick's International Council Correspondence in June of that same year.

The CIO (1935-1955) - Robert H. Zieger

A comprehensive, if institutional, history of the CIO, an American federation of industrial unions that organized many of the mass industries in the United States during the 1930s-1950s.

The CIO's left-led unions, edited by Steve Rosswurm

A collection edited by Steve Rosswurm of the CIO's unions's that had radical left leadership.

The Road to Freedom

Archive of The Road to Freedom, an anarchist newspaper published out of New Jersey and New York from 1924-1932.

A history of Vanguard

A history by Andrew Cornell of Vanguard, an anarchist journal produced during the 1930s in New York. Taken from Cornell's excellent “For a world without oppressors: U.S. Anarchism from the Palmer Raids to the Sixties"

Origins of the sit-down era: worker militancy and innovation in the rubber industry, 1934-1938 - Daniel Nelson

Cops and rubber workers clash in Akron, Ohio

An article by Daniel Nelson about the Akron, Ohio rubber workers of the 1930s.

The CIO at bay: labor militancy and politics in Akron, 1936-1938 - Daniel Nelson

An article by Daniel Nelson about the CIO's efforts at flexing their muscles in local politics in Akron, Ohio during the late 1930s.

Red Chicago: American Communism at its grassroots, 1928-35 - Randi Storch

A book by Randi Storch about the Communist Party USA in Chicago during the late 1920s and early 1930s.