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 Aug 7, 2019

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History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us. This podcast is about how we, together, have fought for a better world.

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E40: The Spanish civil war: an introduction, part 2
00:47:41
Concluding part of our double episode giving a brief general overview of the Spanish civil war and revolution which broke out after the attempted military coup by right-wing general Francisco Franco 1936-1939. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full show notes with photos, acknowledgements, information and transcript coming soon here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2020/06/17/e39-the-spanish-civil-war-an-introduction/
Jul 21, 2020
E39: Spanish civil war: an introduction, part 1
00:44:21
Part 1 of a double podcast episode where we give a brief general overview of the Spanish civil war and revolution which broke out after the attempted military coup by right-wing general Francisco Franco 1936-1939. In these episodes, we speak with Catherine Howley and Nick Lloyd about the tensions in Spanish society which exploded in 1936, about the military coup attempt, the civil war and the social revolution by workers and peasants. These episodes give an introduction to the conflict and the main organisations involved. We have future episodes planned looking at particular aspects of the events in more detail. This podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. For example, relevant levels of our patreon supporters can listen to part 2 now, here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e40-spanish-war-38344501 Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full show notes, sources, references, acknowledgements and slinks to further reading here our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2020/06/17/e39-the-spanish-civil-war-an-introduction/ Nick Lloyd is author of Forgotten Places: Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War, and both Nick and Catherine give Spanish civil war tours of Barcelona. Links to all this in the full show notes. We also have books about the conflict, as well as reproduction posters and other commemorative merch in our online store to help fund our work. Check it out at: shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/spanish-civil-war
Jul 07, 2020
E38: Mutiny! With Srsly Wrong
01:57:14
Special Working Class History episode produced by our friends at lefty comedy podcast Srsly Wrong, speaking with John from WCH about mutinies: rebellions in the armed forces. We thought we would do something a bit different this time, and release a collaboration episode. One of us spoke with Srsly Wrong about the history of mutinies and why they’re important, looking primarily at World War I and the Vietnam war. They produced the episode and we are releasing it on both of our feeds. See full info about this episode, including sources, acknowledgements, links to further reading and more on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2020/05/26/e38-mutiny-with-srsly-wrong/ If you enjoy it, make sure to check out and subscribe to Srsly Wrong: https://srslywrong.com/ This podcast is made possible by our patreon supporters. You can support us and get access to exclusive content at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
May 27, 2020
E37: The 43 Group, part 3
00:43:54
Final part of our podcast miniseries about the 43 Group of mostly Jewish ex-servicemen and women who battled Oswald Mosley’s fascists in Britain’s streets after World War II. We speak with Daniel Sonabend, author of We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post-War Britain, as well as Jules Konopinski, who was a member of the group. You can support this podcast, and listen to 2 exclusive bonus episodes on patreon here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory You can get Daniel's book here in our online store: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/books/products/we-fight-fascists-the-43-group-and-their-forgotten-battle-for-post-war-britain-daniel-sonabend More information, photos, references and full show notes here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2020/02/17/e35-37-the-43-group/
Mar 24, 2020
E36: The 43 Group, part 2
00:35:19
Second of a three-part podcast miniseries about the 43 Group of mostly Jewish ex-servicemen and women who battled Oswald Mosley’s fascists in Britain’s streets after World War II. We speak with Daniel Sonabend, author of We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post-War Britain, as well as Jules Konopinski, who was a member of the group. You can support this podcast, listen to all 3 parts +2 exclusive bonus episodes on patreon here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory You can get Daniel's book here: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/books/products/we-fight-fascists-the-43-group-and-their-forgotten-battle-for-post-war-britain-daniel-sonabend Full information, acknowledgements, photos and show notes about this series here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2020/02/17/e35-37-the-43-group/
Mar 11, 2020
E35: The 43 Group, part 1
00:51:10
First part of a podcast miniseries about the 43 Group of mostly Jewish ex-servicemen and women who battled Oswald Mosley’s fascists in Britain’s streets after World War II. We speak with Daniel Sonabend, author of We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post-War Britain, as well as Jules Konopinski, who was a member of the group. You can support this podcast and listen to all 3 parts plus 2 bonus episodes on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory The bonus episode attached to part 1 is available here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e35b-jules-early-34109934 You can get a copy of Daniel's book here from our online store: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/books/products/we-fight-fascists-the-43-group-and-their-forgotten-battle-for-post-war-britain-daniel-sonabend Our anti-fascist merch is available here: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/anti-fascist Full information, photos, links and show notes are available here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2020/02/17/e35-37-the-43-group/ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS As always, huge thanks to our patreon supporters who make this podcast possible. Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/en/store/bravo-records-en/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/. Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/7xD0JiZZ16DfN4RKGvlYYT.
Mar 02, 2020
Seasons' greetings and an appeal from WCH
00:02:31
A happy holidays and New Year message from WCH, alongside an appeal for people to support our work on patreon so we can continue our work in 2020 and beyond. Find out more, support us and get access to exclusive content at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory You can also support our work by using our online store, where we still have 2020 wall calendars available at https://shop.workingclasshistory.com Thanks for listening in 2019, and catch you all in 2020!
Dec 19, 2019
E34: Asian youth movements in Bradford, part 2
00:53:27
Concluding our double episode on the Asian Youth Movement and United Black Youth League in conversation with Tariq Mehmood. This episode Tariq tells the story of the sensational Bradford 12 trial, and explains how the organisations developed. Full show notes including sources, photographs and links to more information here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/09/18/e28-29-asian-youth-movements-in-bradford/ This episode was brought to you by our patreon supporters. You can support us and get access to exclusive benefits like a bonus episode with Tariq here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
Nov 20, 2019
E33: Asian youth movements in Bradford, part 1
00:57:31
First part of our double episode about anti-racist Asian youth movements in Bradford, England in the 1970s and 80s. We speak to Tariq Mehmood about the Asian Youth Movement, the United Black Youth League, and the his seminal trial as one of the so-called Bradford 12. This podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. You can support us as well and get access to exclusive content, like part 2 and a bonus episode with Tariq now at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory These will be the first in an occasional series of episodes looking at different aspects of Asian youth movements in Britain at different cities at that time. Check out full show notes, as well as more information, photos and sources here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/09/18/e28-29-asian-youth-movements-in-bradford/
Oct 28, 2019
WCL E01: T-Bone Slim – the laureate of the logging camps
00:58:06
Repost to WCH of the first episode of the Working Class Literature podcast, about the life and work of radical hobo author T-Bone Slim. A prolific columnist for the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union in the United States, he was also a poet and songwriter as well as a barge captain working on the New York waterfront. In this episode WCL speak to Dr Owen Clayton from the University of Lincoln and Slim’s great-grandnephew, John Westmoreland. More info, photos and full show notes here: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/09/04/wcl-e01-t-bone-slim-the-laureate-of-the-logging-camps/ Support Working Class Literature on patreon and get access to exclusive content at https://patreon.com/workingclassliterature And you can also support WCH and get access to exclusive WCL content at the level of $10 a month and up at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory We won't be reposting every WCL episode here, so do make sure you subscribe to the Working Class Literature podcast on your favourite podcast app
Oct 14, 2019
E32: The Pawtucket mill strike
00:55:06
In this podcast episode, historian Joey DeFrancesco tells the story of the first factory strike in US history when in 1824, young women and girls working in the mills in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, organised themselves and walked out, winning better conditions. Joey also explains how the development of capitalist industry in the north was dependent on the labour of enslaved people in the south. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full show notes this episode including links to more information, photographs and more here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/08/12/e28-the-pawtucket-mill-strike/
Sep 23, 2019
Introduction to Working Class Literature
00:05:26
A very brief introduction to our new sister podcast, Working Class Literature, taking a radical look at fiction and culture. You can follow them here: https://soundcloud.com/workingclassliterature Or find episodes when they come out on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com First episode coming very soon, and it should also soon be available major podcast apps. You can support Working Class Literature and get access to benefits on their patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclassliterature Working Class History patrons contributing $10 a month and up will also get early access to WCL episodes, and exclusive WCL bonus episodes. Join us here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Our patrons can also listen to our next WCH episode, about first factory strike in US history, which was organised by young women and girls in New England
Sep 02, 2019
E31: The Hong Kong riots 1967, part 2
00:41:42
Concluding part of our double episode on the Hong Kong general strike, protests and bombings of 1967. More information, photos and full show notes here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/07/15/e26-27-the-hong-kong-riots-1967/ This podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. You can support us and in return get exclusive content and benefits at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
Aug 20, 2019
E30: The Hong Kong riots 1967, part 1
00:43:47
As protests have swept Hong Kong in the last few weeks, we begin an occasional series on the British Empire with a double episode on a previous wave of demonstrations, riots, strikes and bombings in the city, then a British colony. We speak with three people who were there about what happened, and learn new revelations about one of Hong Kong’s most notorious unsolved murders – of radio commentator Lam Bun. We interview to Zhou Yi (Chau Yick/周奕), Leung Po Lung (梁寶龍) and Chui Yat Keung (徐日強) who were in Hong Kong at the time, as well as Lala, an activist and historian who interpreted for us and spoke about her research. This podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. You too can support us on patreon and get exclusive benefits like early access to episodes and bonus audio: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Part 2 of this double episode is out now for our patreon supporters here: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/07/15/e26-27-the-hong-kong-riots-1967/ Full show notes for this episode, with loads of photographs, sources and more information are here on our website: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e27-hong-kong-2-28392618
Aug 05, 2019
E29: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, part 3
00:44:13
Last of our three-part podcast miniseries this Pride month about Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners. This podcast is funded entirely by our listeners and readers on patreon. You can support us, get exclusive early access to episodes, as well as bonus episodes at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Part 3 has a bonus episode, where our interviewees talk about the film, Pride, what they thought about it and its actors, and tell us about their involvement in the production of the film. Support us and listen here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e25-1-lesbians-2-27528492 Read the full show notes with more information, photos and videos here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/06/10/e23-25-lesbians-gays-support-the-miners/
Jul 09, 2019
E28: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, part 2
00:44:55
Second in our three-part podcast miniseries this Pride month about Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners. This podcast is funded entirely by our listeners and readers on patreon. You can listen to all 3 parts of this miniseries now, as well as 2 bonus episodes, as well as exclusive early access to all episodes and other benefits at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Read the full show notes with more information, photos and videos here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/06/10/e23-25-lesbians-gays-support-the-miners/
Jun 30, 2019
E27: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, part 1
00:44:18
First in a three-part podcast miniseries this Pride month about Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners, a small group of LGBTQ people in London who began to raise money for striking workers in the Welsh valleys during the great miners’ strike of 1984-5. Unknown to them at the time, they would end up transforming both communities, and Britain as a whole. LGSM have recently achieved a level of fame due to the excellent 2014 film by Steven Beresford, Pride. In these episodes, participants in the group, and in the Welsh mining communities, tell their story. This podcast is funded entirely by our listeners and readers on patreon. You can listen to all 3 parts of this miniseries now, as well as 2 bonus episodes, as well as exclusive early access to all episodes and other benefits at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Read the full show notes with more information, photos and videos here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/06/10/e23-25-lesbians-gays-support-the-miners/
Jun 17, 2019
E26: The Stonewall riots and Pride at 50, part 2
01:07:25
Concluding part of our podcast episodes on the Stonewall rebellion , when LGBTQ youth fought the police in NYC for 6 nights, and went on to organise and form the gay liberation movement. We have a bonus episode about this for our patreon supporters. You can support us and listen here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e22-1-stonewall-26826531 We have produced a range of Stonewall 50th anniversary merchandise to help support our work, as well as the activism of former Stonewall riot participants. Check it out here: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/lgbtq-history More information, as well as photos and full show notes available here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/05/13/e21-22-the-stonewall-riots-and-pride-at-50/
Jun 02, 2019
E25: The Stonewall riots and Pride at 50, part 1
00:53:39
Summer 2019 marks 50 years since the iconic rebellion against the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The LGBTQ patrons and locals, many of them people of colour, and most of them working class, fought back against the police in 6 days of rioting. Then they organised, revolutionising the LGBTQ rights movement, and sparking Pride. In honour of Pride month, WCH are releasing a series of episodes about LGBTQ history. We begin with a double episode telling the story of the Stonewall rebellion, in the words of participants. After the rebellion, participants in it, along with others, set up the Gay Liberation Front, and then organised a protest on its first anniversary, 28 June 1970, which became Pride. This is part 1. Part 2 is out for early listening by our patreon supporters. You can listen and support us here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e22-stonewall-at-26826103 We also have a bonus episode about this exclusively for our patreon supporters, here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e22-1-stonewall-26826531 We have produced a range of Stonewall 50th anniversary merchandise to help support our work, as well as the activism of former Stonewall riot participants. Check it out here: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/lgbtq-history More information, as well as photos and full show notes available here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/05/13/e21-22-the-stonewall-riots-and-pride-at-50/
May 27, 2019
E24: WCH Crime - The Columbia Eagle mutiny, pt 4
00:20:27
Concluding part of our miniseries on the Columbia Eagle mutiny during the Vietnam war in 1970, when two anti-war American sailors hijacked their ship full of napalm and sailed it to Cambodia. Bonus episode 4.1 is available for our $5 and above patreon supporters here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/wch-crime-4-1-ep-25989867 You can support this podcast, listen to 2 bonus episodes as part of this series, and get exclusive early access to future episodes and other benefits at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full footnotes and more information about this episode on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/04/09/wch-crime-columbia-eagle-mutiny/ Pictured: Al today ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS These episodes were written by WCH and Daniel Woldorff Editing by Daniel Woldorff Music composed by Austin Coulson: https://www.mixcloud.com/tsonazores/ Outro episode for episode 3 is Deep Water by the RJ Phillips Band. Stream it here: https://soundcloud.com/hillipsand/deep-water
May 06, 2019
E23: WCH Crime - The Columbia Eagle mutiny, pt 3
00:14:20
Penultimate part of our miniseries on the 1970 Columbia Eagle mutiny during the Vietnam war, when 2 American sailors hijacked their ship carrying napalm for US forces. You can support this podcast, listen to bonus audio and part 4 now on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full footnotes for this episode, along with photos and more information here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/04/09/wch-crime-columbia-eagle-mutiny/ Merch commemorating the Vietnam GI resistance which supports our work available here: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/vietnam-gi-resistance ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS These episodes were written by WCH and Daniel Woldorff Editing by Daniel Woldorff Music composed by Austin Coulson: https://www.mixcloud.com/tsonazores/ Outro episode for episode 3 is Deep Water by the RJ Phillips Band. Stream it here: https://soundcloud.com/hillipsand/deep-water
Apr 29, 2019
E22: WCH Crime - The Columbia Eagle mutiny, pt 2
00:21:36
Part 2 of our 4-part series on the Columbia Eagle mutiny in 1970, perhaps the most spectacular act of resistance to the Vietnam war, when two sailors hijacked their ship transporting thousands of tonnes of napalm for US forces, and sailed it to Cambodia. Part of our first season of WCH Crime, the podcast where true crime meets the struggle for a better world. Listen to all 4 parts now, as well as 2 bonus episodes, and support our work on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full show notes for this episode, as well as pictures and more information are available here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/04/09/wch-crime-columbia-eagle-mutiny/There is a mini bonus episode attached to part 2, with more information about Clyde's early life, available for the relevant levels of our patreon supporters here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/wch-crime-2-1-ep-25989651 MERCH We’ve produced a range of merchandise commemorating the anti-war movement by service people during the Vietnam war using some of their original artwork to help fund our work. Check it out here: shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/vietnam-gi-resistance ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS These episodes were written by WCH and Daniel Woldorff Editing by Daniel Woldorff Music composed by Austin Coulson: https://www.mixcloud.com/tsonazores/
Apr 22, 2019
E20: WCH Crime - The Columbia Eagle mutiny, pt 1
00:19:51
First episode of the WCH Crime podcast, about the Columbia Eagle mutiny in 1970, perhaps the most spectacular act of resistance to the Vietnam war, when two sailors hijacked their ship transporting thousands of tonnes of napalm for US forces, and sailed it to Cambodia. You can listen to all 4 parts of this series, plus 2 bonus episodes, by supporting us on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full footnotes for this episode, including photos and more information are here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/04/09/wch-crime-columbia-eagle-mutiny/ WCH Crime will feature cases where people have faced criminal charges for their beliefs or political activities, and will look at cases where people have been framed or even killed by the state. It will be in the same feed as the regular Working Class History podcast. All four parts, and two additional bonus episodes, are available for all of our patrons contributing $5 a month or more. For everyone else, subsequent parts will be released each week. Pictured above are the two mutineers: Alvin Glatkowski, left, and Clyde McKay, right, superimposed on the ship. We speak to Al about his experiences, in addition to Vietnam war-era sailor and historian Roberto Loiederman. We have been working on this miniseries for almost a year, and have put in so many hours we lost count some time ago. We are taking time out from our day jobs through 2019 to devote more time to WCH and podcast, but this will only be sustainable in the longer term if we get more support from our listeners on patreon. So if you appreciate what we do, and if you can afford it, please consider supporting us. If you can't afford it, no problem, please just give us a review on your podcast app, and share episodes on social media. MORE INFORMATION We will be adding more information about the mutiny, as well as photographs and videos to this our website shortly at https://workingclasshistory.com For a detailed history of the events, we recommend the book The Eagle Mutiny, by Roberto Loiederman and Richard Linnett. To find out more about different aspects of the Vietnam war check out the other WCH podcast episodes in our Vietnam war series: E14: The Vietnam war with Noam Chomsky and a member of the Vietnamese Women's Union is about the geopolitics of the conflict and human cost, especially on women, E10-11: The GI anti-war movement, E8: The strike wave is about the wave of strikes which took place in the US during the war MERCH We've produced a range of merchandise commemorating the anti-war movement by service people during the Vietnam war using some of their original artwork to help fund our work. Check it out here: shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/vietnam-gi-resistance CORRECTIONS Part 1: We erroneously say that Al was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Al was born in the military base at Ford Gorgon in Georgia. He later moved to Norfolk for his high school years. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS These episodes were written by WCH and Daniel Woldorff Editing by Daniel Woldorff Music composed by Austin Coulson: https://www.mixcloud.com/tsonazores/
Apr 15, 2019
E20: The Exotic Dancers Union
00:42:45
Podcast episode about the workers at the Lusty Lady strip club in San Francisco who in 1997 were the first women who managed to unionise a strip joint in the United States, and who later took it over and ran it as a workers’ co-operative.This podcast is funded by our listeners. You can support us and get exclusive early access to episodes, bonus audio and more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory We have more info, photos, videos and full show notes for this episode on our website at https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/03/13/e20-the-exotic-dancers-union/ We have been trying to improve our podcast over the last few months, but this is really the first of our new wave of episodes which we have been devoting huge amounts of time to. We have worked on this episode for over 6 months, and are very pleased to finally be able to release it. Ultimately we will only be able to continue to devote this much time to the podcast if we get more support on patreon, so please do support us if you can. If not, we would still appreciate you sharing podcast episodes on social media, and reviewing us on Apple Podcasts. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS As always, thanks to our patreon supporters for making this podcast possible. Thanks also to the following people: Vixen Noir, for the theme music – Lusty Lady. You can buy it here https://play.google.com/music/preview/Tpj2ewbwpvzrlqb45umxztaav6m?play=1&u=0 Episode cover photo by Matthew Roth https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewalmonroth Editing by Louise Barry of Audio Interference https://interferencearchive.org/category/publications/audio/ To commemorate and celebrate radical sex workers like at the Lusty Lady, and to help fund our work, we have produced a range of Sex Workers Power merch, using an illustration from @ripbambi, available here: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/all/sex-workersAgain, full show notes including photos and videos here: https://workingclasshistory.com/2019/03/13/e20-the-exotic-dancers-union/
Apr 02, 2019
Coming soon: WCH Crime
00:02:47
Teaser trailer for our forthcoming occasional podcast series WCH Crime, where true crime meets the struggle for a better world, as well as an update about forthcoming podcast episodes. You can support this podcast, and get exclusive early access to episodes and other benefits at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory We are sorry for the delay in putting up new podcast episode, but we are working on a number of episodes right now, some of which we have been working on for a year, trying to get them as good as we can before putting them online. But a number are nearly ready, and once they start going up we will be able to become more regular again.
Feb 12, 2019
E19: The IWW in Australia
00:43:49
Episode on the early history of the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in Australia, in conversation with Paula DeAngelis. Paula is a historian and contributed to Wobblies of the World: a global history of the IWW. Support this podcast on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is our playlist of early IWW music: youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7…73VUIFoIkZqqRVM79 You can buy Wobblies of the World here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0745399592/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0745399592&linkCode=as2&tag=workingclas01-20&linkId=2dcaa991574b707f6725e787eaac7f00 Episode 6 of our podcast gives an introduction to the IWW in the US so we recommend listening to that before this unless you are well acquainted with IWW history and terminology already. FOOTNOTES – This is a short history of the Australian IWW: https://libcom.org/history/1914-2000-the-australian-iww-and-direct-action – These are personal recollections of involvement in the Australian IWW: https://libcom.org/library/memoirs-i-w-w-australia-bill-beattie – This short history of the IWW outside the US has a helpful chronology of the Australian IWW: https://libcom.org/history/brief-history-iww-outside-us-1905-1999 – This article compares gender politics between the Australian and US IWWs: https://libcom.org/history/virile-syndicalism-comparative-perspective-gender-analysis-iww-united-states-australia – This is a short biography of Tom Barker: https://libcom.org/history/barker-tom-1887-1970 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Thanks to Warren Fahey for permission to use his rendition of the Australian IWW song "Bump me into Parliament": http://www.warrenfahey.com.au/ You can also stream it on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4J1ihYA2Q1etEpD2RuKPR1 This episode was edited by Louise Barry from Audio Interference: http://interferencearchive.org/category/publications/audio/
Jan 28, 2019
E18: Anti-Zionism in Israel, part 2
00:45:40
Concluding part of our two-part episode on a people's history of Zionism and opposition to it within Israel, in conversation with former members of socialist group Matzpen: Moshe Machover, Haim and Udi. For more information and further reading, see the show notes of part 1. Support this podcast and get early access to episodes and other benefits here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Edited by Louise Barry Thanks to Max Blumenthal (https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal) for permission to use audio from video clips which are here: https://youtu.be/MwjKa9v6OAY and https://vimeo.com/19444809
Jan 13, 2019
Holiday greetings
00:02:34
A festive and New Year message from WCH. You can support our work on patreon at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Pictured is the Christmas tree outside the Athens Parliament, which was burned by people in 2008 protesting against the police murder of a teenager.
Dec 23, 2018
E17: Anti-Zionism in Israel, part 1
01:02:23
First of a two-part episode on a people's history of Zionism and opposition to within Israel, in conversation with former members of socialist group Matzpen Moshe Machover, Haim and Udi. Support this podcast, and listen to part 2 now on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory MORE INFORMATION – For more information on Matzpen, check out their website: http://www.matzpen.org/english/ or watch this documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfcFno2pqJg – For further reading written by Matzpen co-founder, Moshe Machover, see his archive on the Matzpen site: http://www.matzpen.org/english/tag/moshe-machover/ See also other collections of Moshe’s texts on the Israeli Occupation Archive and libcom.org websites: https://www.israeli-occupation.org/tag/moshe-machover/ // https://libcom.org/tags/moshe-machover – For a further expansion of Moshe’s discussion on the podcast regarding the resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, see: http://www.matzpen.org/english/2009-02-10/resolution-of-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict-a-socialist-viewpoint-moshe-machover/ – For more texts written by Moshe’s comrade and fellow Matzpen co-founder, Akiva Orr, see the archives on the Matzpen and libcom.orgwebsites: http://www.matzpen.org/english/tag/akiva-orr/ // https://libcom.org/tags/aki-orr – The recordings of Aki were taken from the following videos: Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - https://youtu.be/MwjKa9v6OAY // Author and activist Akiva Orr on Israel’s wars - https://vimeo.com/19444809 – The complete archive of the English-language editions of Khamsin: https://libcom.org/library/khamsin-journal-revolutionary-socialists-middle-east – For a good overview of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, we recommend Ilan Pappe’s History of Modern Palestine. We would also recommend Matzpen’s 1972 pamphlet The Other Israel: The Radical Case Against Zionism: http://www.matzpen.org/english/category/the-other-israel/ // https://libcom.org/library/other-israel-radical-case-against-zionism – For further reading on the workers' movement (both Arab and Jewish) in Palestine pre-1948, we would recommend Zachary Lockman’s excellent book Comrades and Enemies: Arab and Jewish Workers in Palestine, 1906-1948 (which also contains information on ‘left-wing’ or ‘workers’ Zionism and its contradictions) as well as Musa Budeiri’s Palestine Communist Party, 1919-48: Arab And Jew In The Struggle For Internationalism. Further reading on the Histadrut’s contradictory role here: http://www.matzpen.org/english/1972-02-10/the-histadrut-union-and-boss/ – For an overview of the 1947-49 Palestine War, commonly known as the ‘Nakba’ (‘catastrophe’ or ‘disaster’ in English): http://www.matzpen.org/english/1972-02-10/the-palestine-problem/ – For a more in-depth look at the systematic nature of Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians during the war, see Ilan Pappe’s 'The 1948 Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine': https://libcom.org/library/1948-ethnic-cleansing-palestine-ilan-pappe – For more on the 1967 ‘Six Day’ War, see Moshe’s ‘The War Israel Planned’: https://www.israeli-occupation.org/2017-07-11/moshe-machover-the-war-israel-planned/ – For more on the 1982 Lebanon war, see: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2003/06/23/16218181.php – For an in-depth look at the first and second intifadas, and the significant differences between them (as well as wider history of resistance and demobilisation by the official organisations of ‘national liberation’: https://libcom.org/library/21st-century-intifada-israel-palestine-aufheben ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Edited by Louise Barry, from Audio Interference: http://interferencearchive.org/category/publications/audio/ Thanks to Max Blumenthal (https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal)for permission to use audio from video clips which are here: https://youtu.be/MwjKa9v6OAY and https://vimeo.com/19444809
Dec 16, 2018
E16: Women in the early IWW
00:49:56
Podcast about the early history of women in the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in the United States, in conversation with Heather Mayer, author of Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the IWW in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924. Support this podcast and get benefits like early accessed episodes and more on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Get Heather's book here: https://amzn.to/2DqONVc Episode 6 of our podcast gives an introduction to the IWW in the US so we recommend listening to that before this unless you are well acquainted with IWW history and terminology already. FOOTNOTES – Everett massacre: here is an extensive collection about these events: https://content.lib.washington.edu/pnwlaborweb/index.html – Mother Jones: this is her autobiography – https://libcom.org/library/autobiography-mother-jones – Lucy Parsons: this is a short biography – https://libcom.org/history/articles/1853-lucy-parsons – Emma Goldman: this is a short biography – https://libcom.org/history/articles/1869-1940-emma-goldman – Spokane free speech fight: this is a short history – https://libcom.org/history/1908-10-spokane-free-speech-fight – Lawrence textile strike: this is a short history – https://libcom.org/history/articles/lawrence-textile-strike-1912 – Paterson: this article about Italian anarchists in Paterson covers the IWW and the silk strike: https://libcom.org/history/patersons-italian-anarchist-silk-workers-politics-race-salvatore-salerno – This is a photo gallery of women in the IWW: https://reuther.wayne.edu/image/tid/1941 – Immigrant girl, radical woman: a memoir from the early 20th century by Matilda Rabinowitz is a great, illustrated account of one leading IWW woman organiser. You can get it here: https://amzn.to/2JJOKo6 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – Thanks to the Salt Lake Tribune for permission to use the recording of Rebel Girl, performed by Alyeah Hansen in 2015. Check out the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_tz3wPgLUw And take a look at their excellent Legacy of Joe Hill homepage: http://local.sltrib.com/charts/joehill/landingpage.html – Edited by Daniel Waldorf
Dec 02, 2018
E15: The Peterloo massacre with Mike Leigh
00:37:56
Podcast episode about the Peterloo massacre of 1819 with Mike Leigh, director of his new film, Peterloo, and Dr Jacqueline Riding, author and historical consultant on the film. Please support this podcast on patreon and get early access to episodes and other benefits here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Peterloo is out in cinemas now, so do check it out! Trailer and more info about the film here: https://www.peterloofilm.co.uk This is a short history of the Peterloo massacre: https://libcom.org/history/history-peterloo-massacre-1819 Jacqueline's book, Peterloo: The story of the Manchester massacre, with a foreword by Mike Leigh, is available here: https://amzn.to/2JJeKzP ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Thanks to Premier Communications for audio clips used in this episode Edited by Jesse French
Nov 06, 2018
E14: The Vietnam war with Noam Chomsky
00:41:21
Podcast episode about the Vietnam war with Noam Chomsky, and Mrs Van, a member of the Vietnamese Women's Union. We look at the geopolitics of the conflict and its human cost. Support this podcast and get early access to episodes and other benefits here on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This episode is part of our series on the Vietnam war. Check out the rest of the series here: https://soundcloud.com/workingclasshistory/sets/vietnam-war Chomsky's book Who Rules the World? is available now: https://amzn.to/2pSxHHj FOOTNOTES – This is a short history of Vietnam from 1945-57 by Howard Zinn: https://libcom.org/history/articles/vietnam-1945-57 – And this is Zinn's short account of US involvement in the war: https://libcom.org/history/articles/vietnam-war – The Vietnam War documentary series by Ken Burns can be viewed here: https://amzn.to/2Ekx6Iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – Thanks to Vivian Rothstein for providing the recording of Mrs Van's testimony. – The music in this episode was also from the recording by Vivian Rothstein taken of Mrs Van and the Vietnamese Women's Union from 1967. – This episode was edited by Emma Courtland (https://www.emmacourtland.com/) and Stephanie Hydal (stephaniehydal.com/portfolio)
Oct 29, 2018
E13: Women in the miners' strike
00:44:06
Episode about the crucial role played by women in the great miners strike in Britain, 1984-5, in conversation with Heather Wood, chair of the Easington women's strike support group. Our patreon supporters enable us to make this podcast. You too can support us and get access to bonus audio and more here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is our short video history of the miners' strike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOucUVz4AYw This is a short history of Women Against Pit Closures, an umbrella group of miners' wives and women supporting the strike: https://libcom.org/history/women-against-pit-closures-1984-5 FOOTNOTES – Neil Kinnock – leader of the Labour Party at the time – Tony Benn – a long-term left-wing Labour MP – Greenham Common – a legendary women's peace camp – The book by local women was called The Last Coals of Spring and is currently out of print – The 1926 general strike – this is a short history: https://libcom.org/history/articles/british-general-strike – Battle of Orgreave – a mass picket of the Orgreave coking plant by miners was viciously attacked by huge numbers of police. Large numbers of miners were then arrested and charged with bogus crimes as a result, while the BBC was complicit by faking the sequence of events. There is a campaign for enquiry into the events here: https://otjc.org.uk/ – Arthur Scargill – the left-wing leader of the NUM – Play in Manchester: Queens of the Coal Age, about a women's occupation of a pit in 1993: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jul/05/queens-of-the-coal-age-review-maxine-peake-shines-light-on-womens-fight-for-the-mines – Women's banner group at the Durham Miners Gala article here: https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northdurham/16143458.First_all_women_banner_group_to_take_part_in_Durham_Miners__Gala/ – Keith Patterson's photographs – see some referred to in this podcast here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/gallery/2010/sep/12/miners-strike-1984-85-david-peace – Jack Dormand was the local Labour MP – Peterloo – this was a massacre of protesting workers by British security forces in 1819, this is a short history: https://libcom.org/history/history-peterloo-massacre-1819 WCH podcast episode on Peterloo coming soon! ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – Speech recording courtesy of Amber Films and Can't Beat it Alone. The full film in multiple parts can be seen at http://www.amber-online.com – Intro music, and music during the podcast from the Kellingley Colliery Brass Band from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnt1JqOJQqE – Outro music is the Banwen miners marching band in Wales, playing during the march back to work after the end of the strike from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGQtyj9t5BA Edited by Jesse French
Oct 12, 2018
E12: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit
00:59:19
Episode about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit in the late 60s/early 70s, in conversation with Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit and former member of the group, and Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit I Do Mind Dying. Bonus audio with Herb about Detroit’s black history available exclusively for our patreon supporters here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is a short history of the League: https://libcom.org/library/league-revolutionary-black-workers MORE INFORMATION – Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin is the definitive book on the league, available here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/458-detroit-i-do-mind-dying – Black Detroit, by Herb Boyd is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Detroit-Peoples-History-Self-Determination/dp/0062346628 – This is an archive of content about the League: https://libcom.org/tags/league-revolutionary-black-workers – Finally Got the News – a documentary made at the time about the group can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw2Wr-odBJg FOOTNOTES – Facing Reality – archive by and about them here: https://libcom.org/tags/facing-reality – James Boggs – this is a great text by Boggs about his experiences: https://libcom.org/library/american-revolution-pages-negro-workers-notebook – Grace Lee Boggs – archive by and about her here: https://libcom.org/tags/grace-lee-boggs – Martin Glaberman – archive by and about him here: https://libcom.org/tags/martin-glaberman – The 1967 Detroit rebellion – https://libcom.org/history/detroit-riot-1967 – Bristol Radical History Group – here is the video of the talk with General Baker: https://www.brh.org.uk/site/events/dagenham-drum-and-the-league-of-black-revolutionary-workers/ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – Edited by Abbey Little – Music used under fair use is Please Mr. Foreman by Joe Lee Carter. Buy it online here: https://www.amazon.com/Please-Mr-Foreman/dp/B06WWGLJ4B/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534344007&sr=8-1&keywords=Please+Mr.+Foreman++-+Joe+Lee+Carter+-
Aug 28, 2018
E11: The GI resistance in Vietnam, part 2
00:52:24
Concluding part of our two-part episode on the GI resistance to the Vietnam war, in conversation with Jerry Lembcke, a Vietnam army veteran, now sociologist and author. Most further reading is linked to in the show notes of part 1. Support our work by backing us on patreon and get exclusive audio and other benefits: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This article gives a good general overview of the GI resistance movement: https://libcom.org/history/1961-1973-gi-resistance-in-the-vietnam-war This is our GI resistance merchandise in our online store: https://working-class-history.myshopify.com/collections/vietnam-gi-resistance This is our short video history of the movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzhM9eDoM80 This is our playlist of Vietnam war protest music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pj9AucSc9Y&list=PL71HxBMvC6bxaaxqKun66juixXqPZFjCN You can get Jerry Lembcke's books here: https://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Lembcke/e/B001HCZKCS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1533499864&sr=1-1 FOOTNOTES – Here you can get the excellent documentary, Sir, No Sir!: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-No-Suppressed-Movement-Vietnam/dp/B000IB0DE4 – This is an article Jerry wrote on the "spitting" myth: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/opinion/myth-spitting-vietnam-protester.html ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – This episode was edited by Stephanie Hydal: http://www.stephaniehydal.com/portfolio/ – Music used this episode was "Ain't Going to Study War no more" by Leon Lishner and Friends – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Leon_Lishner_and_Friends/Songs_For_The_Dawn_Of_Peace/26_-_Aint_Gonna_Study_War_No_More_Down_by_the_Riverside_USA – licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode
Aug 13, 2018
E10: The GI resistance in Vietnam, part 1
00:38:24
During the later years of the Vietnam war, a little-known but powerful rebellion developed within the ranks of the US forces. In this two-part episode, we talk about the GI resistance to the war with Jerry Lembcke, a Vietnam army veteran, now sociologist and author, and Bart, a navy veteran about their experiences. This article gives a good general overview of the GI resistance movement: https://libcom.org/history/1961-1973-gi-resistance-in-the-vietnam-war Support our work and get access to other exclusive audio and other benefits on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is our GI resistance merchandise in our online store: https://working-class-history.myshopify.com/collections/vietnam-gi-resistance This is our short video history of the movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzhM9eDoM80 This is our playlist of Vietnam war protest music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pj9AucSc9Y&list=PL71HxBMvC6bxaaxqKun66juixXqPZFjCN You can get Jerry Lembcke's books here: https://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Lembcke/e/B001HCZKCS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1533499864&sr=1-1 FOOTNOTES – Vietnam: the collapse of the armed forces by Marine Colonel Robert D Heinl Jr: https://libcom.org/history/vietnam-collapse-armed-forces – USS Constellation mutiny: more information about that in this article https://libcom.org/history/1961-1973-gi-resistance-in-the-vietnam-war – USS Columbia Eagle mutiny: https://libcom.org/history/ss-columbia-eagle-mutiny-1970-steven-johns – The class war at home: check out our episode 8 (currently a patreon exclusive at time of publishing) for more about class struggle in the US at the time: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory – This is a workers' whistleblowing guide: https://libcom.org/organise/workplace/articles/whistle-blowing.php – This is a workers' working to rule guide: https://libcom.org/organise/workplace/articles/work-to-rule.php – This personal account of the movement has info about "search and avoid": https://libcom.org/history/aint-marchin-anymore-gis-revolt-vietnam-dave-blalock – The Bravo Company mutiny: https://libcom.org/history/gi-revolts-breakdown-us-army-vietnam – The Presidio mutiny: https://libcom.org/history/presidio-mutiny-1968-randy-rowland MORE INFORMATION – This is a short history of the war by Howard Zinn: https://libcom.org/history/articles/vietnam-war – GI resistance photo gallery: https://libcom.org/gallery/gi-resistance-vietnam-war – Check out the excellent documentary, Sir, No Sir!: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-No-Suppressed-Movement-Vietnam/dp/B000IB0DE4 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – This episode was edited by Stephanie Hydal for editing this episode: http://www.stephaniehydal.com/portfolio/ Full acknowledgements including music and sound effects here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2018/08/06/e10-the-gi-resistance-in-vietnam-part-1/
Aug 05, 2018
E9: The IWW in the US, 1918-1950s
00:47:15
Episode about the later history of the revolutionary union the Industrial Workers of the World 1918-1950s. We went to Chicago to talk to our friend Warren to learn more about this little-known period in the union’s history. If you haven’t heard it yet, listen to our first IWW episode, episode 6, here: https://soundcloud.com/workingclasshistory/iww-peter-cole-interview Support this podcast on patreon here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is a playlist we compiled of IWW music: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6bxcbE373VUIFoIkZqqRVM79 FOOTNOTES Here are links to source information and further reading on the topics discussed in this episode Industrial Worker archive https://libcom.org/library/industrial-worker-newspaper The One Big Union Monthly archive https://libcom.org/library/one-big-union-monthly They didn't suppress the Wobblies - Fred Thompson https://libcom.org/history/they-didnt-suppress-wobblies-fred-thompson Blood on the coal: Colorado strike of 1927 - Patrick Murfin https://libcom.org/history/blood-coal-colorado-strike-1927-patrick-murfin The IWW since 1932 - George Pearce https://libcom.org/history/iww-1932-george-pearce Cleveland Metal and Machinery Workers 440 Shop Bulletins https://libcom.org/history/cleveland-metal-machinery-workers-440-shop-bulletins Educate, Organize, Emancipate: The Work People’s College and The Industrial Workers of the World https://tcorganizer.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/educate-organize-emancipate-the-work-peoples-college-and-the-industrial-workers-of-the-world/ 1950: report from Cleveland metalworkers union calling on the IWW to comply with Taft-Hartley https://libcom.org/library/1950-report-cleveland-metalworkers-union-calling-iww-comply-taft-hartley PUBLICATIONS The Wobblies in Their Heyday: The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World During the World War I Era by Eric Chester At the Point of Production: The Local History of the I.W.W. Edited by Joseph R. Conlin. From Syndicalism to Trade Unionism: The IWW in Ohio, 1905-1950 by Roy T. Wortman The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions by Roger Keeran ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Music used in the episode under Fair Use is: – There is power in the union – Joe Glazer – buy it online here: https://www.amazon.com/There-Power-Union/dp/B000S3FOSW Edited by Jesse French
Jul 31, 2018
E8: The Vietnam war strike wave
00:55:29
First episode in our series about the Vietnam war in which we talk to historian and author of Strike! Jeremy Brecher about the strike wave which swept the United States during the Vietnam war in the 1960s and 70s. Listen to it and support us here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Get Strike! online here: https://amzn.to/2xLugWv Jeremy's website is at https://www.jeremybrecher.org His organisation, Labor Network for Sustainability, is at https://www.labor4sustainability.org FOOTNOTES - Vietnam war - this is a short history: https://libcom.org/history/articles/vietnam-war - Montgomery bus boycott - this is a short account: https://libcom.org/history/more-seat-bus-danielle-mcguire - This is an informative pamphlet about the struggles at the Lordstown plant: https://libcom.org/library/lordstown-struggle-ken-weller - Jeremy and Tim Costello's book which was the result of these interviews, Common Sense for Hard Times, is online here: https://libcom.org/history/common-sense-hard-times You can also purchase it here: https://amzn.to/2pqWNgg - 1970 postal workers wildcat strike: https://libcom.org/history/national-us-postal-service-wildcat-strike-1970-jeremy-brecher - 1970 Teamsters wildcat strike: https://libcom.org/history/teamsters-wildcat-strike-1970-jeremy-brecher - 1969 black lung strike - more info here: https://libcom.org/library/wildcats-appalachian-coal-fields-william-cleaver-zerowork - 1968 Chicago transport workers wildcat strike - more info here: https://libcom.org/history/chicago-1968 - 1968 Memphis sanitation strike: https://libcom.org/history/memphis-sanitation-strike-1968 - 1973 meat boycott: more info about this in Common Sense, page 110, link above - General Motors strike: https://libcom.org/history/union-management-gm-strike-1970-jeremy-brecher ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This episode was edited by Emma Courtland: https://www.emmacourtland.com/ The music today was Black Lung by Hazel Dickens, used under Fair Use: purchase it here: https://amzn.to/2O3Uv4i
Jul 28, 2018
E7: The West Virginia mine wars, 1902-1922
01:03:52
In this episode we head to Matewan, West Virginia to speak with Catherine Moore and others from the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, as well as some striking West Virginia teachers about the conflicts, and how they are remembered today. If you appreciate this podcast please support us on patreon, and get exclusive early access to episodes, bonus audio and other benefits here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is a short overview of the mine wars: https://libcom.org/history/west-virginias-mine-wars-1920-1921 Find out more about the museum here: https://www.wvminewars.com/ We have some video and photographs from the re-enactment and museum in our Instagram story highlights. Follow us and find them here: https://instagram.com/workingclasshistory FOOTNOTES – Mother Jones – you can read her autobiography here: https://libcom.org/library/autobiography-mother-jones – Matewan (1987 film) – you can purchase it here: https://amzn.to/2JrLxIG – The battle of Blair mountain: this is a photo gallery of the conflict – https://libcom.org/gallery/battle-blair-mountain-1921-photo-gallery – West Virginia teachers strikes – this is a short overview of what happened: https://libcom.org/library/no-promises-insurgent-teachers-strike-west-virginia ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Music used in the episode under Fair Use includes: – Solidarity forever – Pete Seeger – buy it online here: https://amzn.to/2x63dYE – Music from the film Matewan, buy the soundtrack here: https://amzn.to/2Jz3XHp Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
Jun 17, 2018
E6: The IWW in the US, 1905-1918
00:55:32
Episode about the early history of the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in the United States, 1905-1918. In conversation with Peter Cole, coeditor of the new book Wobblies of the World: a Global History of the IWW. Please support our work, get access to bonus material, early access to podcasts and more benefits on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory This is our playlist of early IWW music: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6bxcbE373VUIFoIkZqqRVM79 You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0745399592/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0745399592&linkCode=as2&tag=workingclas01-20&linkId=2dcaa991574b707f6725e787eaac7f00 This is a very short history of the union: https://libcom.org/history/articles/iww-usa Oral histories of it: https://libcom.org/history/solidarity-forever-oral-history-iww-stewart-bird-dan-georgakas-deborah-shaffer Peter's book Wobblies on the Waterfront: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0252079280/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0252079280&linkCode=as2&tag=workingclas01-20&linkId=4cab8fbd3232f67f0f0e807b9fef191c FOOTNOTES – Big Bill Haywood: https://libcom.org/tags/bill-haywood – Syndicalism – this is a short introduction to syndicalism: https://libcom.org/library/syndicalism-introduction – Anarchism – this is a short introduction to anarchism: https://libcom.org/thought/anarchist-communism-an-introduction – Lucy Parsons: https://libcom.org/history/articles/1853-lucy-parsons – Eugene Debs: https://www.iww.org/history/biography/EugeneDebs/1 – Mother Jones: https://libcom.org/library/autobiography-mother-jones – Philadelphia Local 8: more info in Peter's book linked to above, and here: https://libcom.org/library/100-years-ago-philadelphia-dockers-strike-local-8-iww-mouvement-communiste-kolektivně-pr – Ben Fletcher: https://libcom.org/history/articles/1890-19-ben-fletcher – Bread and roses strike: https://libcom.org/history/1912-the-lawrence-textile-strike – Denver domestic workers: https://libcom.org/history/letter-iww-domestic-workers-union-1917-jane-street – John Dos Passos: https://libcom.org/history/john-dos-passos – IWW free speech fights. Spokane: Https://libcom.org/history/1908-10-spokane-free-speech-fight – Missoula: https://libcom.org/history/1909-missoula-free-speech-fight – San Diego: https://libcom.org/history/1912-san-diego-free-spech-fight – Upton Sinclair: https://libcom.org/tags/upton-sinclair-0 – Anarcho-Syndicalism: https://libcom.org/thought/anarcho-syndicalism-an-introduction – General strike – classic IWW text on the general strike: https://libcom.org/library/general-strike-ralph-chaplin – Joe Hill: https://libcom.org/history/1915-the-murder-of-joe-hill – Little red songbook: https://libcom.org/library/little-red-song-book – Ralph Chaplin: https://libcom.org/tags/ralph-chaplin – Utah Phillips: https://www.iww.org/history/biography/UtahPhillips/1 – This is a database of hundreds of incidents of repression against the IWW up to 1920: https://libcom.org/history/database-repression-iww-1906-1920 – Frank Little – article about his murder here: https://libcom.org/library/man-was-hung – Centralia massacre – article about the murder of IWW member Wesley Everest: https://libcom.org/history/1919-the-murder-of-wesley-everest – Everett massacre: https://libcom.org/history/everett-massacre-1916-walt-crowley – Greenville IWW battle against the KKK: https://libcom.org/history/1924-kkk-iww-wage-drawn-battle-greenville – Knights of Labor: https://libcom.org/history/knights-labor-1869-1885-louis-adamic ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS IWW music used in the episode under Fair Use includes: – Solidarity forever – Pete Seeger – buy it here: https://amzn.to/2x63dYE – There is power in a union – Joe Glazer and Bill Friedland – buy it here: https://amzn.to/2IGaQKS – The preacher and the slave – Utah Phillips – buy it here: https://amzn.to/2J421dc Edited by Tyler Hill: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
May 23, 2018
E5: Workmates – organising with agency workers on London Underground
00:51:20
An interview with Andy Littlechild, a rail track charge hand and rail workers' union official, about Workmates: a fighting organisation of permanent and agency contract workers on London Underground in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Read a history of the Workmates collective here: https://libcom.org/library/workmates-direct-action-workplace-organising-london-underground Support this podcast on patreon and get exclusive access to special features and bonus audio, like an additional anecdote from Andy about what happened when management tried to sack him: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory FOOTNOTES 1. Anarcho-syndicalism – this is a short introduction to anarcho-syndicalism: https://libcom.org/thought/anarcho-syndicalism-an-introduction And this is a guide to further reading about anarcho-syndicalism: https://libcom.org/library/anarcho-syndicalism-reading-guide 2. Solidarity Federation – more info on their website: http://www.solfed.org.uk/ 3. Anarchist Federation – more info on their website: http://afed.org.uk 4. CNT (Confederación Nacional del Trabajo – National Federation of Labour) – this is an introduction to the CNT: https://libcom.org/library/what-cnt ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/ Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, an Italian partisan folksong, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ
Apr 25, 2018
E4: Anti-Nazi youth movements in World War II
00:47:35
An interview with historian Nick Heath about anti-Nazi youth cultural movements in fascist Europe before and during World War II. In particular we look at the German Edelweiss Pirates and Swing Kids, the French Zazous and the Austrian Schlurfs. This is a playlist of tracks curated by Nick which these groups listened to at the time: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6bw3bxogFZxZQ1P8xMJ_zOBa Support this podcast on patreon here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory We have produced a collection of anti-fascist merchandise, using original German 1930s anti-fascist artwork. Check it out and support our work here: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/anti-fascist MORE INFORMATION This is a history of the Edelweiss Pirates: https://libcom.org/history/1939-1945-the-edelweiss-pirates This is a history of the Zazous: https://libcom.org/history/1940-1945-the-zazous This is a history of the Schlurfs: https://libcom.org/history/schlurfs-%E2%80%93-youth-against-nazism FOOTNOTES 1. The Ehrenfeld resistance group – more info about them here: http://www.executedtoday.com/2015/11/10/1944-thirteen-from-the-ehrenfeld-roup-and-the-edelweiss-pirates/ 2. The Edelweiss Pirates film from 2004 you can watch online here: https://vimeo.com/99341412 3. The mods – this is an interesting study of "moral panics" by the media, looking in particular at the mods and rockers youth culture in the 1960s UK: https://libcom.org/history/folk-devils-moral-panics 4. The White Rose Group – this is an archive of documents about the group: https://libcom.org/library/white-rose-documents 5. Zoot suits: this is a history of the US zoot suit phenomenon: https://libcom.org/history/zoot-suit-rebellion 6. Anarchist Communist Group – this is the website of the ACG: https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/ 7. Also on a musical note we recommend checking out the Pet Shop Boys song, In the Night, which is about the Zazous: https://youtu.be/OB2y40HID44 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Thanks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (https://www.ushmm.org/) for permission to use excerpts of their interview with Walter Meyer, which is in four parts and begins here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlC1uahOuf4 Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/ Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, an Italian partisan folksong, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ The first song we play is Johnny Hess – Ils Sont Zazous. Buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/78-rpm-swing/391646365 The second is Erhard Bauschke und sein Orchester – Nachtexpress Nach Warschau. Buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/erhard-bauschke-und-sein-orchester/301892537 The final track is Tanzorchester Oscar Joost – Am Montag Fangt Die Woche An. Buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/tanzorchester-oscar-joost/309983323
Apr 04, 2018
E3: The Angry Brigade, part 2
00:47:08
Second of our two-part interview with John Barker, Angry Brigade prisoner, covering the arrests, the sensational trial, his time in prison and the political situation upon his release in the late 1970s. Support this podcast and get early access to episodes and other benefits on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/workingclasshistory Check out John’s website and buy his books here: https://www.theharrier.net/ And check out John Barker’s radical London playlist, a collection of tracks which Brigaders were listening to at the time here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6byAUIVUB3Hm_h4HLy26FIKr This is a detailed history of the Angry Brigade: https://libcom.org/library/angry-brigade-history-britains-first-urban-guerilla-group And this is a comprehensive chronology of Angry Brigade activities and collection of all their documentation: https://libcom.org/history/angry-brigade-documents-chronology FOOTNOTES 1. Tyranny of structuralessness – Jo Freeman – read it online here: https://libcom.org/library/tyranny-structurelessness-jo-freeman 2. Stoke Newington police station – one particular notorious incident was the death of Colin Roach in this police station. Info on that here: https://libcom.org/library/workers’-playtime-death-colin-roach-“community-policing”-1983 3. Bending the Bars – John Barker – buy it online here: https://www.theharrier.net/product/bending-the-bars-by-john-barker-ebook/ 4. Hull prison riot – read Angry Brigade prisoner Jake Prescott's account of the riot here: https://libcom.org/library/account-hull-prison-riot-1976-jake-prescott 5. IRA – the Irish Republican Army – the main pro-Irish independence armed group 6. Portuguese revolution – this is a short history of the revolution: https://libcom.org/history/1974-1975-the-portuguese-revolution And this is a detailed account and analysis of it: https://libcom.org/library/portugal-impossible-revolution-phil-mailer 7. Leninist – following the ideology of Russian Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, particularly with regard to the importance he placed upon a "vanguard" political party 8. Winter of discontent – this is a short history of the Winter of discontent strike wave: https://libcom.org/history/1978-1979-winter-of-discontent 9. Libertarian communism – this refers to communism being implemented not through the state but by the mass of workers ourselves. This is a short introduction to libertarian communism: https://libcom.org/library/libertarian-communism-introduction 10. London cleaners strikes – in recent years mostly migrant cleaners have self-organised numerous successful disputes, mostly through the rank-and-file United Voices of the World (https://www.uvwunion.org.uk) and Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (https://iwgb.org.uk) 11. Big Flame – this is a partial archive of texts by or about Big Flame: https://libcom.org/tags/big-flame 12. Acorn – a tenants' union and antipoverty organising group. This is their website: https://acorntheunion.org.uk/ 13. Broadway market occupation – this occupation of a cafe in Hackney, London to prevent its conversion to luxury flats took place in 2006. More info here: https://libcom.org/news/article.php/broadway-market-cafe-occupation-2005-6 14. Criminal Justice Acts – John Barker – buy it online here: https://www.theharrier.net/product/criminal-justice-acts/ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/ Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ
Mar 14, 2018
E2: The Angry Brigade, part 1
00:49:22
The first of a two-part interview about the Angry Brigade, Britain’s first urban guerrilla group, with John Barker, author, who in 1972 was convicted for being part of the organisation. Part 2 is here: https://soundcloud.com/workingclasshistory/angry-brigade-p2 Check out John’s website and buy his books here: https://www.theharrier.net/ And check out John Barker’s radical London playlist, a collection of tracks which Brigaders were listening to at the time here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6byAUIVUB3Hm_h4HLy26FIKr This is a detailed history of the Angry Brigade: https://libcom.org/library/angry-brigade-history-britains-first-urban-guerilla-group And this is a comprehensive chronology of Angry Brigade activities and collection of all their documentation: https://libcom.org/history/angry-brigade-documents-chronology FOOTNOTES 1. Society of the Spectacle – Guy Debord – you can read it online here: https://libcom.org/library/society-of-the-spectacle-debord 2. King Mob – here is a short introduction to the group: https://libcom.org/history/mob-who-shouldnt-really-be-here-hari-kunzru ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/ Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ
Mar 07, 2018
E1: The Grunwick strike, 1976
00:58:12
Interview with Amrit Wilson and Grunwick 40 about the iconic strike of East African Asian women in London in the 1970s. Apologies for the audio quality which isn't great on headphones at least. All our later episodes are much better quality, so if you don't enjoy this one please check out one of our later episodes instead. Support the WCH podcast on patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/workingclasshistory FOOTNOTES For a short video history of the Grunwick strike see here on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWuB7JYo818 This is an interesting article with more information about the strike which was written while it was ongoing: https://libcom.org/library/the-grunwick-strike-a-sivanandan Check out their website of Grunwick 40 here: https://grunwick40.wordpress.com/ The website of the South Asia Solidarity Group is here: http://www.southasiasolidarity.org/ Before Grunwick, there were other strikes by black and Asian workers in the UK, where the unions basically adopted a racist approach and supported preferential treatment of white workers. Notably these included the 1974 Imperial Typewriters strike (https://libcom.org/history/imperial-typewriters-strike-1974-ron-ramdin), the 1973 Standard Telephones and Cables strike (https://libcom.org/library/standard-telephones-cables-strike-1973) and the 1972 Mansfield Hosiery strike (https://libcom.org/library/women-struggle-mansfield-hosiery-strike). Also mentioned during the podcast was the “colour bar” on public transport in Bristol enforced by the TGWU union which was eventually broken by a boycott in 1963 (https://libcom.org/history/black-white-buses-1963-colour-bar-dispute-bristol). In addition to struggles in workplaces, Asians in Britain fought racism in the streets, forming militant Asian Youth Movements around the country. This is a good account of these organisations: https://libcom.org/history/here-stay-here-fight-kenan-malik GLOSSARY Arthur Scargill – left-wing leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), at the time the most powerful trade union in the UK Ian Tomlinson – a newspaper seller on his way home in London who was attacked and killed by a police officer during the 2009 protests against the G-20 summit in London. The press originally falsely claimed that police trying to “help” a “dying man” were “pelted with bricks” by demonstrators. IWGB union – the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, a rank-and-file-controlled union in London: https://iwgb.org.uk/ Kettling – the police practice of penning in demonstrators for prolonged periods of time Orientalism – the subtle and persistent patronising Western representations of “the Orient” – meaning individuals and cultures from Asia, North Africa and the Middle East Trades Council – an umbrella body for delegates from different trade unions in a geographical area United Voices of the World union – another rank-and-file union of mostly migrant workers: https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/ More information about WCH on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com THANKS Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/ Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ
Feb 28, 2018
E0: Introduction to the Working Class History podcast
00:03:16
A short introduction to the WCH podcast and what we're about. Support the WCH podcast on patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/workingclasshistory More information about WCH on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/ Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ
Feb 28, 2018