USA

The Pullman railway strike, 1894 - Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn on the history of the militant struggle of workers at the Pullman railway car company in Chicago against wage cuts and sackings, in which over 30 were killed in savage repression by over 14,000 police, militia and soldiers.

The great railroad strike, 1877 - Howard Zinn

Sketch of the Chicago Battle of the Viaduct during the Great Railroad Strike.

Howard Zinn's short history of the biggest industrial dispute in American history by that time, shutting down half the country's rail network.

The Lynn shoe strike, 1860 - Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn's history of the strike of 20,000 US shoe manufacturing workers - men and women - in New England. Lasting several weeks, the strike won wage increases for the poorly-paid workers.

1991: The South Iraq and Kurdistan uprisings

Kurdish fighters in 1991

The history of the uprisings in Southern Iraq and Kurdistan in 1990-91 which involved large numbers of mutinous troops who had deserted during the Kuwait Gulf War.

1990-1991: The Gulf War

Noam Chomsky on the 1991 US and UK war with Iraq following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

1990-1991: Resistance to the Gulf War

Demonstrators crowd the streets of Washington to protest against the Gulf War

An account of the worldwide movement of resistance to the 1990-91 Gulf War. The resistance mainly took the form of strikes, marches, base blockades and refusals to fight.

Iraqi mass mutiny in the Gulf War, 1990-1991

Thousands of deserting soldiers and civilians massacred by the US on the Basra r

History of the widespread desertion and mutiny in the Iraqi military which saw the rapid end of the occupation of Kuwait and the Gulf War of 1990-1 with the US and its allies.

The US invasion of Grenada, 1983 - Howard Zinn

US troops in Grenada, 1983

Historian Howard Zinn's account of the American invasion of the small Caribbean island of Grenada, ostensibly to 'protect' US citizens, but in fact to re-assert US military and financial dominance over the region.

The Mayaguez affair, 1975 - Howard Zinn

US troops invade

Historian Howard Zinn's account of the brief but disatrous invasion of a Cambodian island by a small US force which suffered massive casualties. It was in response to Cambodia holding the crew of an American cargo ship, with the intention of re-asserting US military dominance in the wake of its defeat in Vietnam.

The Cold War, 1940-1989 - Noam Chomsky

Mushroom cloud

Noam Chomsky explains the nature of the Cold War between the West and the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1989.