History articles we need on libcom

Submitted by Steven. on December 8, 2015

Here is the beginnings of a list of events/people which we need history articles on libcom.org about.

We would really appreciate any assistance from users in either writing a short article (1200-2000 words - or a longer one if you fancy!), or posting an existing article elsewhere, crediting the source, to our history section.

Also if you can think of anything else we are missing please let us know here so we or anyone else can write or post something.

1878: Max Hödel, anarchist would-be assassin http://www.executedtoday.com/2010/08/16/1878-max-hodel/
1892: Ravachol, anarchist terrorist http://www.executedtoday.com/2010/07/11/1892-ravachol-anarchist-terrorist/
1894: Sante Geronimo Caserio, anarchist assassin http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/08/16/1894-sante-geronimo-caserio-anarchist-assassin/
1894:6 anarchists executed in Barcelona http://www.executedtoday.com/2011/05/21/1894-six-anarchists-montjuich-barcelona/
1894: http://www.executedtoday.com/2009/02/05/1894-auguste-vaillant-bomb-throwing-anarchist/
1945: deportation of Chinese seamen from Liverpool: http://www.halfandhalf.org.uk/dr.htm

Steven.

6 years 8 months ago

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1937: Yale Towne manufacturing company sit down strike: couple of photos here, not much info online https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=LxASFrmc3P8C&pg=PA63&dq=location+of+Woolworth%27s+Detroit+1937&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj346bC5szJAhWGqA4KHRgyAwoQ6AEIIjAA#v=onepage&q=location%20of%20Woolworth's%20Detroit%201937&f=false

and news snippet here: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1937/05/02/page/26/article/labor

just a really short article with a couple of photos would be great if we can't find out anything else

Steven.

6 years 8 months ago

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1930s: Domestic Workers Union organising efforts: https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/industry/DWU.htm
1937: Hershey's strike: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_chocolate_workers%27_strike,_1937
1937-8: New York department store strikes, other department store strikes, especially San Francisco and the Gimbel's strike: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1937_New_York_City_department_store_strikes
[s] http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=1937_Department_Store_Strike [/s] https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xmVsBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA626&lpg=PA626&dq=1937+New+York+department+store+strike&source=bl&ots=7mZgpopW9j&sig=Dv0-lFuNx8QcAmGLnES3JUlwca0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwii9K2Zzc7JAhVCzRoKHRhQC9kQ6AEIKjAC#v=onepage&q=1937%20New%20York%20department%20store%20strike&f=false http://www.laborarts.org/collections/item.cfm?itemid=61

Steven.

6 years 3 months ago

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[s] Also need articles on this miners strike in Nazi occupied France:
http://www.cheminsdememoire.gouv.fr/fr/la-greve-des-mineurs-du-nord-pas-de-calais [/s]

and the related Milk Strike in occupied Norway

Steven.

6 years 2 months ago

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Washington DC transport wildcat strike, 1945: https://washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/strike-wave-at-washington-dcs-capital-transit-1945/

Ed

6 years 2 months ago

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So I've got in my head an idea for us to expand our content on UK black liberation politics in the postwar era. A few UK articles we'd need for that on libcom are:
1963 Bristol Bus Boycott
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Bus_Boycott
1965 Red Scar Mill strike (the first big 'immigrant strike' in Britain)
[s] 1974 Imperial Typewriters strike
https://thoughtsofaleicestersocialist.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/the-imperial-typewriters-strike-of-1974/[/s]
1975 Spaghetti House siege in Knightsbridge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_House_siege
Mangrove 9
http://www.blackpresence.co.uk/mangrove-9-event/
Something on all the black liberation schools in London

There are others but need to leave the house now..

Devrim

6 years 2 months ago

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=Bristol+bus+boycott+&sa_f=search-product&suggid=

Devrim

Steven.

6 years 2 months ago

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Ed

1974 Imperial Typewriters strike
https://thoughtsofaleicestersocialist.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/the-imperial-typewriters-strike-of-1974/

one step ahead of you there: https://libcom.org/tags/imperial-typewriters-strike

but yes all the rest would be great

Steven.

6 years 2 months ago

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Romani uprising in Auschwitz: http://www.romea.cz/en/news/czech/the-romani-uprising-in-auschwitz-16-may-1944#.VzlvzH7ETfE.twitter

Steven.

6 years 2 months ago

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1816 littleport riots: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36276197

Steven.

6 years 2 months ago

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1937 Newton steel strike: http://www.monroelabor.org/eyes-world-were-watching-newton-steel-strike

Steven.

6 years 1 month ago

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1913 Christmas Day riot: http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/36288-the-lost-grave-of-mexican-anarchist-rafael-adames
1966 Division Street riots in Chicago

Steven.

6 years 1 month ago

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[s] We need a history of the Dutch Provo movement, and ideally a history of the Telegraph riot in 1966. Info in Dutch here: http://www.wikiwand.com/nl/Telegraafrellen [/s]

Steven.

6 years 1 month ago

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We need something about the peasants revolt (1381, UK)

Juan Conatz

6 years 1 month ago

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1935 Terre Haute, Indiana general strike (lots of footnotes unfortunately)
https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/imh/article/view/10560/14831

Steven.

6 years 1 month ago

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Juan Conatz

1935 Terre Haute, Indiana general strike (lots of footnotes unfortunately)
https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/imh/article/view/10560/14831

articles with lots of footnotes/hyperlinks etc you can still do really easily, just right click and click "view page source" (or something similar, depending on browser), then copy the HTML, paste it in the body and set the input format to be HTML no line breaks.

Arthur Cravan

6 years 1 month ago

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Uploaded:
http://libcom.org/history/provos-amsterdams-anarchist-revolt
Please check I've done everything right - first time adding to the Libcom library. Thanks!

Steven.

6 years 1 month ago

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Arthur Cravan

Uploaded:
http://libcom.org/history/provos-amsterdams-anarchist-revolt
Please check I've done everything right - first time adding to the Libcom library. Thanks!

that's amazing thank you very much! Please feel free to post any other stuff which you feel would be of interest to our readers in future (basically we want everything of relevance to anarchism/class struggle, ever)

anyway back to other topics. Would be good to have something about He Zhen, Chinese anarchist, as well as any other Asian anarchists/radicals, especially women

Steven.

6 years 1 month ago

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http://zinnedproject.org/2013/04/barbara-johns-leads-1951-student-protest/
http://zinnedproject.org/2014/06/jacobo-arbenz-guzman-deposed/

Steven.

6 years 1 month ago

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1938 London rent strike: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/18387

Steven.

6 years ago

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Would be great to get a biography of this Spanish anarchist feminist, possibly just this translated into English: http://autogestionacrata.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/lucia-sanchez-saornil.html

Steven.

6 years ago

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Would be really good to get an article about Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, and a history of Women against Pit Closures

Steven.

5 years 11 months ago

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Would be great to have this article on the 1935 Dublin tram strike, just don't have time to copy it over right now: https://medium.com/@stewreddin/the-1935-dublin-tram-and-bus-strike-6f79ba35c62f#.t8x1r6hc5

Battlescarred

5 years 11 months ago

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Re the Lesbians and Gay Support The Miners I know one of the key people in it. Will ask him next time I see him.

Steven.

5 years 11 months ago

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Cheers!

Steven.

5 years 9 months ago

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US rail strike 1922
[s] 1972 UK miners/wildcat general strike
1974 UK miners strike [/s]
Drumheller Coal Mining Strike of 1919 of the One Big Union

Steven.

5 years 8 months ago

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Some of these mutinies are already in the history section as individual articles, but would be great to have all of them, edited from the main text and turned into standalone short articles: https://libcom.org/library/mutinies-dave-lamb-solidarity

Steven.

5 years 8 months ago

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Really want to have an article at some point on the 1977 massacre in Angola of about 25,000 people by the MPLA. There are a few good articles online but none quite in the right format for a history article, so would be good to put one together from the sources or find one good enough to go up in its entirety. Here are a few links:
http://www.africanpoliticalblog.com/ma-essays/remembering-angolas-forgotten-massacre-2/
https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/joe-slovo-the-sacp-and-the-angola-massacre-of-may-1977/
https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/angola-marxism-leninism-and-the-1977-massacre/
http://libcom.org/history/27-may-angola-view-below
http://www.politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/the-angolan-massacre-of-may-27-1977-a-grim-portent
http://www.politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/raul-castro-the-us-and-the-massacre-in-angola-in-m
Pic, from 1975: https://theibtaurisblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/cd2-angola-conflictpopper-014.jpg?w=610&h=366

Steven.

5 years 7 months ago

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Would be good to get this great stuff on the IWW domestic workers' union in the history section: http://www.weneverforget.org/hellraisers-journal-how-a-cold-storage-egg-inspired-organization-of-domestic-workers-iu-part-ii/#more-775

as well as this account of starting a grassroots union: http://ideasandaction.info/2017/01/grassroots-union-working-class-insurgency-early-70s/

Steven.

5 years 7 months ago

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Also if anyone could piece together an article about the Denver IWW domestic workers' union from the few passages in here that would be fantastic. Just do a search for "Jane Street" to get the relevant section: https://books.google.co.uk/books?redir_esc=y&id=sIJ6FHla0doC&q=Jane+Street#v=snippet&q=Jane%20Street&f=false

This bit should be in history as well:
http://www.weneverforget.org/hellraisers-journal-denver-housemaids-union-led-by-jane-street-keeping-a-list-of-unfair-mistresses/

TBH that book could also be used to put together quite a few other articles from as well about working class women's struggles

Steven.

5 years 7 months ago

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It would also be great to get the bottom section of this chapter, on the murders of painters' union activists Wilson and Green in the US up in the history section: https://www.uniondemocracy.org/Legal/rebelschapt5.htm

Steven.

5 years 6 months ago

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[s] A load of this stuff about the 1912 San Diego free speech fight would be great: http://www.aftguild.org/free_speech/index.html [/s]

Steven.

5 years 5 months ago

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Would be great to have a few of the instances of anti-Nazi resistance from this site up in the history section: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/revolt/belzecresistance.html

Steven.

5 years 5 months ago

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I really want a history of Women against Pit Closures

Mike Harman

5 years 5 months ago

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I picked up a copy of 'The Cutting Edge, Women and the Pit Strike' the other week but I'm not set up for scanning books at all.

Steven.

5 years 4 months ago

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[s] We really need an article on the Tolpuddle martyrs. There a good, shortish one anywhere? [/s]

Mark.

5 years 4 months ago

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Strikes and Social Conflicts. Towards a Global Labour History - There may be something of interest in this collection of articles. They're mainly in Portuguese or Spanish but some are in English.

http://www.academia.edu/5981235/Strikes_and_Social_Conflicts._Towards_a_Global_Labour_History_IASSC-IHC_2012_com_António_Simões_do_Paço_e_Sjaak_van_der_Velden_

Mark.

5 years 4 months ago

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Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Workers around the World - this may be worth putting up as well.

https://raquelcardeiravarela.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/ship-around-the-world.pdf

Steven.

5 years 2 months ago

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This article on class struggle during World War II: https://selfnegation.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/hello-world/

Steven.

5 years 2 months ago

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Loads of this stuff about strikes during World War II: https://libcom.org/forums/history/strikes-during-ww2-19112012

Steven.

5 years 2 months ago

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An English translation of this article in French would be amazing, about a general strike in Vichy Marseilles, 1944: http://archivesautonomies.org/spip.php?article2096

Steven.

5 years 2 months ago

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1947 strike wave in France: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1947_strikes_in_France

Steven.

5 years 2 months ago

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Would be really great to get these articles and texts on the South London women's hospital occupation up on the site so if anyone could help please do!
South London women's Hospital: https://rosannerabinowitz.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/history-is-not-just-about-the-past/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1573618912873591/
photos: http://bookerphotos.com/here-to-stay/zhs6o00ue1p0dt8lps85p5mdfl8t1r

Steven.

5 years 1 month ago

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would love to get all of the decent articles from this blog up on the site, about hospital occupations and campaigns in the UK in the late 70s/early 80s: http://cohse-union.blogspot.co.uk/
Particularly: http://cohse-union.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/neasden-hospital-occupation-1986.html
http://cohse-union.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/st-benedicts-hospital-tooting.html
http://cohse-union.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Bethnal%20Green%20Hospital%20occupation
http://cohse-union.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/cane-hill-hospital-work-in-august-1976.html

Steven.

5 years 1 month ago

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This article on Louise Michel in London is amazing, would be great to have it (if nothing else at least in PDF format for quickness): http://transpont.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/louise-michel-paris-communard-in-south.html

Steven.

5 years 1 month ago

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Cape Breton miners slow down 1941: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/Acadiensis/article/view/12259/13103
Sacco and Vanzetti solidarity strikes in Canada: http://www.lltjournal.ca/index.php/llt/article/view/5738/6600

Steven.

5 years 1 month ago

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A short article summarising this would be great: the Black Dragons - French antifascist black punks in the 1980s
http://www.okayafrica.com/featured/black-punk-black-dragons-france/

Jacques Roux

5 years ago

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I'm on the lookout of a decent bio for Olive Morris

Feminist, black and squatting activist. She was a founding member of the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD) in London, established the Brixton Black Women's Group, was a member of the British Black Panther Movement (along with others including Linton Kwesi Johnson and Farrukh Dhondy), and helped found the Manchester Black Women's Cooperative and Manchester Black Women's Mutual Aid Group. Died of Leukamia, remembered in a Lambeth Council building, the collective named after her and a Brixton pound note. One of the first squatters squatted 121 Railton Road, Brixton London an address which subsequently housed a range of community and political groups until the 1990s.

Cant find anything...

Steven.

5 years ago

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Yeah I haven't either. I guess you could try to do a call out on the WCH Facebook/Twitter to see if anyone knew her, if you cobble together a couple of anecdotes you could probably get a short bio. Or are there any public figures who were involved in the Brixton Panthers? Like Darcus Howe maybe?

no1

5 years ago

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i was looking for some info when there was a post about her on the Working Class Hisory fb page, Didn't find a lot, one with most info was a BBC page (link). (I wanted to know why she died so young - she died of leukaemia).
Plus I thought there was some (not enough) useful info on this site, including some references https://rememberolivemorris.wordpress.com/
The Wikipedia page also links to Oxford Dictionary page and Red Pepper articles.

Mike Harman

5 years ago

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It'd be good to have a decent overview of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. Two things I'd like to see on that:

1. The history of the strikes and land activism of Kikuyu from about 1910 to 1950. http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Squatters+and+the+Roots+of+Mau+Mau%2C+1905–1963 is really good on this, and situates the Mau Mau as the development of an anti-colonial working class struggle, not a 'national liberation movement' as such (Jomo Kenyatta was imprisoned for a long time, was the main figure associated with national liberation, and bypassed the Mau Mau when negotiating independence). Might possibly try to write a review of that book if I can find the time/concentration to do it. Kanogo also at one point completely rips Frank Furedi's work on the Mau Mau talking about class composition of the struggle and undermining his claims it was made up of petit-bourgeios supervisors.

2. The guerrilla war/Mau Mau organisation itself and British concentration camps which is a bit better known, but haven't found a decent overview yet.

Steven.

5 years ago

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It would be great if this article could be put up in the library, at least in PDF format for ease. About a 17-year-old boy executed for desertion in World War I: https://runner500.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/too-young-to-go-to-war-but-old-enough-to-be-executed/

Steven.

5 years ago

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no1

i was looking for some info when there was a post about her on the Working Class Hisory fb page, Didn't find a lot, one with most info was a BBC page (link). (I wanted to know why she died so young - she died of leukaemia).
Plus I thought there was some (not enough) useful info on this site, including some references https://rememberolivemorris.wordpress.com/
The Wikipedia page also links to Oxford Dictionary page and Red Pepper articles.

what would you think of cobbling together a very short bio including what information is out there, and putting it up in the history section? Even something very short would be better than nothing. At the bottom of it we could also appeal for people with more info to get in touch, to flesh it out. What do you think?

Steven.

5 years ago

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Would be good to have an English translation of this Spanish article on the IWW in Chile: https://noticiasyanarquia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/la-iww-en-chile-un-sindicato-y-una.html

Steven.

5 years ago

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Some useful Sussex antifascist history here which would be good in the history section: http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?PHPSESSID=3npd2b1145tbnrmb4poor8q0p0&topic=1106.15

Jacques Roux

5 years ago

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Steven.

Yeah I was going to cobble something together soonish.

no1

Thanks, same kind of things I found, that Remembering Olive site was weird, i tried emailing them for more info because they released a publication about her at some point but it seems like all the info went straight to Black Cultural Archive Brixton and nothing online. Seems a bit pointless.

Mark.

5 years ago

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Mike Harman

5 years ago

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It feels a bit silly talking about this on a thread about 'history', but nearly all the outbound links from the 2011 Stokes Croft thread from http://libcom.org/forums/news/bristol-squat-being-evicted-people-kicking-22042011 are dead - Bristol Indymedia, the old version of the Freedom Press site, The Commune - all 404s on the new sites or completely dead websites at this point. This includes first person accounts from participants.

archive.org has preserved most of the text and images though -
you can copy and paste the link into archive.org, then copy the text back into a new library article on here (or just a comment on the thread would be better than nothing).

https://web.archive.org/web/20110428170627/http://thecommune.co.uk/2011/04/22/the-first-funky-riot-in-bristol/

Sike

5 years ago

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Steven.

It would be great if this article could be put up in the library, at least in PDF format for ease. About a 17-year-old boy executed for desertion in World War I: https://runner500.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/too-young-to-go-to-war-but-old-enough-to-be-executed/

I put up a pdf of this in the library.

Steven.

5 years ago

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Yes I saw thanks very much!

Mike Harman

4 years 11 months ago

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Several documents and first-hand accounts on the 1949 Peekshill riot when fascists attacked a Paul Robeson concert: http://www.trussel.com/hf/peekskill.htm

Mike Harman

4 years 10 months ago

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There's a collection of the original demands of the Hungary '56 workers and student councils at http://www.hungarianhistory.com/lib/unreport/unreport.pdf - starts at page '68. Would be great to extract these into a library article

Method of Freedom

4 years 8 months ago

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I don't know if this belongs in this thread but if anyone has a scribd account here is kink to the book gramsci and the anarchists https://www.scribd.com/document/51442091/Levy-Carl-Gramsci-and-the-Anarchists history of anarchist and syndicalist from the beging of 20th century to the end of Biennio Rosso

Mike Harman

4 years 8 months ago

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Ed

So I've got in my head an idea for us to expand our content on UK black liberation politics in the postwar era. A few UK articles we'd need for that on libcom are:

1965 Red Scar Mill strike (the first big 'immigrant strike' in Britain)

Hadn't seen this comment until now but have been trying to fill in some gaps with this stuff as well.

There's not loads on Red Scar Mill, the following we could piece something together from:

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=6rGHDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA135&lpg=PA135&dq=%22red+scar+mill%22&source=bl&ots=6CHjNQ9Gtp&sig=xJobsS8Aii3fkqE7GrsBooD9TL8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi3jsvEhuTXAhXD6xQKHeZoD-0Q6AEIYzAN#v=onepage&q=%22red%20scar%20mill%22&f=false

https://www.marxists.org/archive/foot-paul/1973/xx/racism.html

http://www.unionhistory.info/britainatwork/narrativedisplay.php?type=raceandtradeunions

This is a bit Labour Party focused but actually talks about the strike as opposed to it just being listed in a single paragraph.
http://londonsocialisthistorians.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/ray-challinor-and-1965-courtauld-strike.html

The longest account appears to be Paul Foot for the IRR (mentioned in the London Socialist Historians site), but can't find it online: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Strike_at_Courtaulds_Preston_22_May.html?id=PTd9twAACAAJ&redir_esc=y

Mike Harman

4 years 8 months ago

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Found this on the Mansfield Hosiery strike in Spare Rib though so have put it up: https://journalarchives.jisc.ac.uk/britishlibrary/sparerib https://libcom.org/library/women-struggle-mansfield-hosiery-strike

Also someone on twitter has said they're going to try to scan Paul Foot's article on Red Scar Mill from the LSE archives next week so if that happens it'd be good.

Mike Harman

4 years 8 months ago

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1917 mutiny by black soldiers in Houston against the police. This is on this day today. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_riot_of_1917