The 1934 Textile Strike: A Watershed Moment in the American Class Struggle

The 1934 Textile Mill Strike was a watershed moment in the American class struggle. Despite being defeated, it is a shining example of workers’ capacity for sacrifice and self-organization.

The Civil War: America’s Second Revolution

The American Civil War is an event of world-historic significance. This revolutionary war overthrew slavery as a mode of exploitation and laid the ground for the rapid development of US capitalism.

The Watts Rebellion of 1965: Lessons for the Fight against Capitalism and Racism

In August 1965, a social volcano erupted in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts. This episode of insurrectionary anger inspired similar uprisings in cities across the nation, with echoes that can still be heard today.

Michael Harrington: Theoretician of American Reformism

Michael Harrington’s ideas continue to have wide influence, but his American variant of reformism is a political dead end.

[Video] The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 | NYC Marxist School 2022

In this talk from the 2022 NYC Marxist School, Mark Rahman provides an overview of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, drawing on the lessons of this inspiring period of US history to help labor […]

[Audio] The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 | NYC Marxist School 2022

In this talk from the 2022 NYC Marxist School, Mark Rahman provides an overview of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, drawing on the lessons of this inspiring period of US history to help labor […]

Anti-Asian Racism and the Los Angeles Massacre of 1871

As capitalism continues to decline, anti-Asian hate crimes are on the rise—though this is nothing new. Over 150 years ago, one of the largest mass lynchings in American history was directed against Chinese residents in […]

Slavery on the Ballot in 2022

157 years after the ratification of the 13th Amendment, voters in five states—Alabama, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont—will face ballot questions on the abolition of slavery in the 2022 midterms.

How Labor Shaped the Airline Industry

The airline industry of the early 20th century is a far cry from the way it is today. Its current state is a result of struggles by pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, and other workers to […]

The Regulator Movement: War Against Tyranny in Colonial North Carolina

In 1771, a band of poor frontier farmers in North Carolina fought a pitched battle against the forces of colonial governor William Tryon. This was the climax of a period of North Carolina history known […]

Lessons of the “Day Without an Immigrant”

May 1, 2006 was perhaps the closest the US has ever come to a general strike. As May Day approaches, it is critical that we relearn the lessons of that struggle.

A Marxist Appraisal of Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”

While Howard Zinn’s book has many positive aspects, Marxists must soberly evaluate its ideas, and above all, its method.