By Noah Long February 11, 1919 marked the official end of the Seattle General Strike. Over five days, more than 65,000 workers engaged in work stoppages, shutting down the Seattle economy in the process. The Seattle General Strike would spark fears of a Communist uprising in the first general strike in the US since the Great October Socialist Revolution. By 1919, the shipbuilding industry saw … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: The Seattle General Strike
Photo: German Communists and revolutionaries Karl Liebknecht (left) and Rosa Luxemburg (right) The Proletarian History series chronicles the stories of the revolutionary class struggle and the lives of important figures from a working class perspective. By Peter Cherry On January 15, 1919, Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg were assassinated in Berlin, robbing the working class of Germany of their main leaders at the height of … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: Remember Luxemburg and Liebknecht 101 Years After Their Murder by Social-Democrats
Photo: News clipping refers to massacres of settlers throughout late 1835 and 1836, including the Dade Massacre By Joseph Magyar On December 28, 1835, US Major Francis Dade and his 110 soldiers were nearly annihilated when Seminole forces led by Chief Micanopy ambushed them in what would later be called “The Dade Massacre.” The battle was the first decisive victory for the Seminoles in the … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: The Dade Massacre
Photo: The Great Lenin addresses crowd in 1917 By Peter Cherry Editor’s note: The original version of this article published on October 25 contained errors which have been corrected in this updated post On October 25, 1917 (November 7, modern calendar), the Bolsheviks, under the leadership of the great Lenin, led the Red Guards and other armed divisions of the Russian working class in an … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: The Great October Socialist Revolution
Unofficial translation of an article originally appearing in A Nova Democracia “But it is characteristic of the victory of fascism that this victory, on the one hand, bears witness to the weakness of the proletariat, disorganized and paralyzed by the disruptive Social-Democratic policy of class collaboration with the bourgeoisie, and, on the other, expresses the weakness of the bourgeoisie itself, afraid of the realization of … Continue reading Comrade Dimitrov is Immortal!
Photo: Paramedics cart away an activist shot by Klansmen in Greensboro, North Carolina By Gabriel Roshan On November 3, 1979, five activists were murdered in Greensboro, North Carolina, by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and the American Nazi Party, in a shootout known today as the “Greensboro Massacre.” Activists Sandra Smith, César Cauce, James Waller, William Sampson and Michael Nathan were gunned down in broad daylight at … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: The Greensboro Massacre
Photo: José Carlos Mariátegui La Chira, founder and first General Secretary of what would become the Communist Party of Peru. By Mike Talavera On October 7, 1928, at the height of intense struggle against the social-fascist American Revolutionary Popular Alliance (APRA), José Carlos Mariátegui led the Marxists-Leninists in founding the Peruvian Socialist Party, which would later be renamed the Communist Party of Peru (PCP). This 91st … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: The Communist Party of Peru is Founded