agriculture

1946: The Great Hawai'i' Sugar Strike

In 1946 sugar plantation workers across the islands of Hawaii from all ethnic backgrounds shutdown the entire plantation system in the states first multi-ethnic industrial strike.

The German coast uprising of 1811

A modern painting of the 1811 revolt

A short history of possibly the largest slave uprising in the United States, in Louisiana in 1811, written by Rhae Lynn Barnes.

Rural Landless Workers Movement of Brazil - Roger Burbach

An article on the early history of largest organisation of landless peasants in Brazil. The article was written at a time when the Landless Workers Movement/Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (MST) was building links to Brazilian parliamentary parties. The author thought this was a good idea, the footnote at the end reviews how that turned out.

Laos Reaps Bitter Harvest of The Secret War: Ian MacKinnon

Article on the effects of cluster bombing of the nation of Laos during the Vietnam war, decades after the conflict ended.

On equal human ability

A Chinese farmer, circa 1900

Interesting article from 1907 by Chinese anarchist Liu Shipei, arguing for human equality and spelling out some basic principles for a functioning, although largely agrarian, gender-equal anarchist society in the country. With an introduction by Robert Graham.

The agrarian question in the Russian revolution: from material community to productivism, and back - Loren Goldner

Buried under almost a century of ideology, "the Russian question," the historical meaning of the defeat of the Russian revolution, is the question that will not go away. This essay is an attempt to answer it.

Paternalism and rural protest: the Rebecca riots - Lowri Ann Rees

Contemporary illustration of the Rebecca rioters

A detailed analysis and account of the Rebecca riots in south-west Wales, 1839-1843, examining the interests of different classes at the time.

Anarchy #041

Issue of Anarchy Magazine from July 1964 focusing on agriculture.

The Wave Hill walk-off, 1966-1975

Wave Hill strikers

A short history of the Wave Hill, or Gurindji, strike, when aboriginal agricultural workers walked out for equal pay and then lodged a claim for the land they worked on. They remained out for an incredible nine years, and were eventually given back a proportion of the land.

Black rebellion: five slave revolts - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Contemporary illustration of the Nat Turner Rebellion

Detailed histories of five important episodes of slave revolt, excerpted from a longer book called Travellers and Outlaws by abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson, first published in 1889. Unfortunately it contains language and a perspective tainted by the widespread prejudice at the time, however we reproduce it in full for historical information only.