Photo: International Working Women’s Day march in Petrograd, Russia, 1917 By Audrey Hellenbrecht On February 27, 1917 (March 8 modern calendar), thousands of women factory workers took to the streets of Petrograd, Russia on International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) to strike against harsh working conditions, bread rationing by the Tsarist government, and World War I, which sent so many workers and peasants into the trenches … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: International Working Women’s Day
By Joseph Magyar with contributions from Ben Robinson In February of 1848, the Communist Manifesto was published in London by Karl Marx, laying the basis for communist ideology and inspiring revolutionaries for generations. Commissioned by The Communist League after lengthy struggles in its first two congresses, it was published to little fanfare or attention, but earned its place as one of the fundamental documents for … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: Publication of the Communist Manifesto
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!