Left History

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The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives
Price, Wayne
Book
2007
Both Anarchists and Marxists believe that it will be possible to do away with the state. But what do they mean by that? What is the state, after all? What institutions, if any, would be necessary ...
Activist archiving in Toronto
Lithgow, Michael
Article
2013
People gather in Toronto to discuss what many hope will grow into a movement for archiving grassroots histories.
Against the Grain: The British far left from 1956
Smith, Evan; Worley, Matthew (eds),
Book
2014
Against the Grain views the "far-left" as anything to the left of the British Labour Party. This includes the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), Red Action, the Socialist Party (SP), the SWP, ot...
The Agony of the American Left
Lasch, Christopher
Book
1969
A series of essays analyzing the issues facing socialism in the United States.
Amadeo Bordiga and the Myth of Antonio Gramsci: Chiaradia, John
Book
Looking at the conflicting roles of Amadeo Bordiga and Antonio Gramsci in the history of the Italian Communist Left in the years between 1912 and 1926.
American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation
Kazin, Michael
Book
2011
History of the radical left in the United States from the abolitionists to anti-globalization activists. The author sees the left as historically championing a pluralist spirit that runs counter to th...
American Jacobins
Ackerman, Seth
Article
2012
In a recent broadside against the Occupy movement, Alexander Cockburn assailed, among other things, “the enormous arrogance which prompted the Occupiers to claim that they were indeed the most importa...
Anarchism in the Rear-view Mirror
Liam; Maximilian
Article
2014
This is not an attack on the militancy of our libertarian comrades. This text is an attempt to clarify our practices to avoid repeating the historical mistakes of the labor movement, addresses the com...
Anarchism's Mid-Century Turn : A Review & Response: Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century,
Williams, Kristian
Article
2016
No matter how one feels about it, the current state of anarchism has represented something of a mystery: What was once a mass movement based mainly in working class immigrant communities is now an ar...
The Anarchists: The men who shocked an era
Kedward, Roderick
Book
1971
The history and ideology of anarchism.
Angry Brigade: Documents and Chronology, 1967-1984
Weir, Jean
Article
The eight libertarian militants on trial in the Old Bailey in 1972 who were chosen by the British State to be the `conspirators' of the Angry Brigade, found themselves facing not only the class enemy ...
Archiving With May Day Rooms: From the Marx Memorial Library to Cold Bath Fields
Linebaugh, Peter
Article
2013
In our day, as the traces of our radical movements are being thrown into rubbish pits, as state sponsored “austerity” demands the commodification of every inch of space, and with sinister intent destr...
The Berkeley Student Revolt: Facts and Interpretations
Lipset, Seymour Martin; Wolin, Sheldon S. (ed.)
Book
1965
An anthology of writings on the Berkely student revolt of 1964.
Building Working-Cass Opposition to Stalin's Dictatorship?: The Trotskyist Opposition, 1927-1940
Marot, John
Article
1996
A review of Tony Cliff's book Trotsky, 1927-1940. In Cliff's view, the Trotskyist movement in the USSR was not so much destroyed by Stalin as much as it collapsed under the weight of its own fundament...
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Chicago '68
Farber, David
Book
1988
A vivid history of the political and social movements of that turbulent time, when the power structure felt itself threatened by social movements that rejected much of what it stood for.
The Communist Manifesto in Perspective
Hobsbawm, Eric
Article
1998
Eric Hobsbawm’s opening address to the international conference organised by Espaces Marx on the 150th anniversary of the Communist Manifesto.
Connexions Library: History Focus Page
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, documents and other resources on historical topics.
The Debate at Halle: Against The Current vol. 156
Haberkern, E.
Article
2012
There were two defining moments in the history of the international working-class movement in the first half of the 20th century. The first, by far the most discussed and written about for obvious rea...
Democracy Against Politics: Against The Current vol. 136
Feinberg, Joseph Grim
Article
2008
“¡Que se vayan todos!” shouted rebellious crowds during the Argentine economic crisis of 2001, “Out with them all!” The call soon spread throughout Latin America: for a new politics without politician...
Democracy is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago
Miller, James
Book
1987
A thoughtful and evocative history of the American New Left in the 1960's, looking critically but sympathetically at the struggles and passions of that period.
Facing Fascism in Europe: Against The Current vol. 84
Smaldone, Bill
Article
2000
Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933, and the Nazis' rapid destruction of Germany's Social Democratic and Communist parties, shook the European left to its core. For many socialists and communists, th...
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among the English-Speaking Peoples
Wilson, Sean Michael; Dickson, Benjamin; Emerson, Hunt; Spelling, John; Pasion, Adam; cartoons Polyp
Book
2013
Throughout history, ordinary people have risen up against oppression and injustice. Fight the Power visualizes 14 key moments in the last 200 years when people across the English-speaking world stood ...
Fire in the Streets: America in the 1960s
Viorst, Milton
Book
1980
A political and cultural history of each year of the 1960's, focusing on one person to exemplify the year. Activist John Lewis is used to emphasize the Civil Rights movements heating up in 1960; Clark...
Framing the Sixties: Corporate Media Shadows and the 1960s
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2010
What Really Happened to the 1960s is a look at the role the media played in the presentation and interpretation of the struggles of the 1960s. Simultaneously, it is a consideration of the meaning of ...
Free Speech For Me - But Not For Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other
Hentoff, Nat
Book
1992
Hentoff is a passionate believer in free speech who recognizes that if speech is truly to be free, we must protect the expression even of ideas we abhors. He catalogues with equal disapproval the effo...
Free Speech Movement Archives
Website
Documenting the history of the 1960s Free Speech Movement at Berkeley.
Free Speech Movement (Berkeley): Connexipedia Article
Article
A student protest which took place during the 1964-1965 academic year on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley after student activists, some of whom had traveled with the Freedom Riders...
The French Anarchists: From Chapter 1 of Memoirs of a Revolutionary
Article
1943
Of this hard childhood, this troubled adolescence, all those terrible years, I regret nothing as far as I am myself concerned. I am sorry for those who grow up in this world without ever experiencing ...
French Revolution 1968
Seale, Patrick, & McConville, Maureen
Book
1968
Seale and McConville set out to relate what happened during the May 1968 revolt in France, to set the explosion in its context of French politics, and to single out what they take to be the original a...
French Students Speak for Themselves What We Won - and Need: Against The Current vol. 122
Silberstein, Patrick
Article
2006
The following collective interview was conducted for ATC by Patrick Silberstein of Editions Syllepse.
From 1960s New Left to Trotskyism: Recollections of a Participant
Coleman, Diana
Article
2011
What I am going to do today is talk about the 1960s—the last time there was serious social struggle in the U.S.—and why some of us concluded that struggle, even quite militant struggle, is not enough.
Global Labor: Socialist Register 2001: Review published in Against The Current Vol. 95
Fletcher, Bill Jr.
Article
2001
For all intents and purposes, I discovered the Socialist Register during the early '90s. When I say "discovered" I, of course, do not mean that I was the first to come across it. Rather, having heard ...
Harvey Richards Media Archive: Movement Photographer of the 1960s
Website
The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation i...
The Historical Failure of Anarchism
Day, Chris
Article
1996
Day examines anarchism's failure to genuinely critique itself, understand history or theory, and grasp the conditions in the world today. "Anti-capitalism doesn't do the victims of capitalism any good...
The History of American Trotskyism: From Its Origins (1928) to the Founding of the Socialists Workers Party (1938): Report of a Participant
Cannon, James P.
Book
1944
Trotskyist leader Cannon recounts the early history of the Trotskyist movement in the United States.
History on the Printed Page: Against The Current vol. 135
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
A small volume could be produced listing the books dealing with the times I have written about here. I will offer only a couple dozen.
H.K. Yuen Social Movement Archive
Unclassified
The H.K. Yuen collection is a unique archive of primary materials on social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. The collection includes materials on a wide range of movements internationally, with a fo...
Homage to Catalonia
Orwell, George
Book
1938
George Orwell's account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War.
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
Rader, Dotson
Book
The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968
Katsiaficas, George
Book
1987
Brings to life the social movements and events of the 1960s that made it a period of world-historical importance: the Prague Spring; the student movements in Mexico, Japan, Sri Lanka, Italy, Yugoslavi...
In Memory of the Proletariat Party
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1903
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
It's Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment
Dolack, Pete
Book
2016
The path to a better world can't be found without knowledge of history. "It's Not Over" analyzes attempts to supplant capitalism in the past in order to draw lessons for emerging and future movements ...
James P. Cannon on the Legacy of the IWW
Cannon, James P.
Article
1955
Formed in direct opposition to the craft unionism of the American Federation of Labor, the IWW drew its membership largely from young workers who took to the road to find work where they could -- as r...
Jim Crutchfield's I.W.W. Page
Crutchfield, Jim
Website
Historic documents on the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies).
John Gray web Site
Website
This site was intended to make communist, anti-capitalist and historical texts available on-line and to link to texts on other sites. The site has been organised to group some texts and links by autho...
Journey of an Unrepentant Socialist
Kneen, Brewster
Book
2014
Kneen describes his book as his “political theological autobiography.” The book is a personal life-story with a focus on the 1950s and '60s, coming from someone who was active in the peace and social ...
The Labadie Collection
Website
The Labadie Collection was established in 1911 when Joseph Labadie, a prominent Detroit anarchist, donated his library to the University of Michigan. Although the Collection was originally concerned m...
Learning from our History: Ernie Tate's Memoir of His Early Years
Fidler, Richard
Article
2014
Richard Fidler reviews political activist Ernest Tate's two volume Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 60s: Ernest Tate, A Memoir.
Lenin
Lih, Lars T.
Book
2011
Leninism vs. Debs's Socialist Party: The Communist Fight Against Black Oppression
Article
2015
Articles by Eugene Debs, written as polemics against racists within the Socialist Party, are eloquent in defending black people against racism, in calling for working-class unity across racial lines a...
Letter to the Next Left
Maisano, Chris
Article
2011
The problem of agency is especially relevant to what remains of the Left today, and it is the part of C. Wright Mills’ Letter to the New Left that is the most problematic.
Carl Lichtenstein: 1942 - 2011
Article
2011
Obituary for archivist for the Prometheus Research Library.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
The Long Haul: An autobiography
Horton, Myles
Book
1990
Myles Horton tells the story of the Highlander Folk School. A major catalyst for social change in the United States for over sixty years, this school has touched the lives of so many people, including...
Long March, Short Spring: The Student Uprising at Home and Abroad
Ehrenreich, Barbara, Ehrenreich, John
Book
1969
An examination of the world student rebellions of the late 1960s.
Manchester's Radical History: Exploring Greater Manchester's Grassroots History
Website
2009
Manchester Radical History Collective is a small group of politically active people living in Manchester. We share an interest in the city’s radical and grassroots history – the local struggles and ca...
The Mandate of Heaven: Marx and Mao in Modern China
Harris, Nigel
Book
1978
China’s transformation from a poor country devastated by war into a major world power is a modern legend. But how did this change come about? What are the real living conditions of the peasants and wo...
Mapping American Social Movement Through the 20th Century
Website
2016
This collaborative project features maps and other visualizations showing the chronological geography of dozens of social movements that have influenced American life and politics during the 20th cent...
Mapping American Social Movements Through the 20th Century
Website
2016
These interactive maps below more than 1,500 underground, alternative, and other kinds of unorthodox publications from the decade between 1965 and 1975.
Marx and Engels Belong to the Workers of the World
Article
2014
Lawrence & Wishart, the British publisher of the Collected Works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (MECW), has compelled the Marxists Internet Archive to remove free digital versions of this 50-volume...
Marx & Engels papers completely available online
Article
2015
The original papers of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, World Classics, are digitized and now online accessible. The papers can be consulted from anywhere and by anyone who logs into the catalogue webs...
The Marxism of C.L.R. James
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
1996
James is generally acknowledged to have been one of the most original Marxist thinkers to emerge from the Western hemisphere, yet essential aspects of his identity came from the other side of the Atla...
Marxism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
May Day & SDS & SNCC Jubilee
Linebaugh, Peter
Article
2010
Class consciousness is the knowledge that emancipation is ours. Class struggle is the fight for it, the fight to be a class, and then the fight to abolish the class system. It is not economistic; it...
The Measure of a Revolutionary: Remembering Eugene V. Debs
Harris, Mark
Article
2015
Debs was an articulate, far-reaching critic of American society, staunchly anti-capitalist and opposed to both Democratic and Republican parties, which he saw as controlled by Wall Street. In his five...
Memoirs of a Revolutionary 1901- 1941
Serge, Victor
Book
1943
Victor Serge, who was bron in 1890 and died in 1947, was an anarchist, a Bolshevik, a Trotskyist, and a revisionist-Marxist. Belgian by birth and upbringing, French by adoption and in literary express...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
Michael Bakunin
Carr, E. H.
Book
1937
Michael Bakunin: Roots of Apocalypse
Mendel, Arthur P.
Book
1981
My Year of Transition: Against The Current vol. 133
Martinez, Elizabeth "Betita"
Article
2008
The year 1968 was a crucial transition for me, from the Black struggle against White Supremacy to the Chicano struggle against White Supremacy. The first struggle began in 1959, when I became involved...
The New Left at 40: Legacy and Continuity
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios (ed.)
Book
2007
A collection of memoirs and commentaries.
The New Radicals: A Report with Documents
Jacobs, Paul; Landau, Saul
Book
1966
An analytical portrait of the young radical activists who have repudiated traditional liberalsim and who seek a new vision of American through civil rights, university reform, and anti-war and anti-po...
On "Occupy Wall-Street" and the Demobilizing Interpretation of Postwar American Protest Politics
Adams, Thomas J.
Article
2011
Adams discusses the Occupy Wall Street protests.
One Big Union: An Outline of a Possible Industrial Organization of the Working Class, with Chart
Trautman, Willaim E.
Article
1911
This is the first edition of a booklet that was revised and republished many times by both the I. W. W. and Daniel De Leon's "Detroit I. W. W." (later the W. I. I. U.), to which the author defected in...
OPIRG Poster Archive
Website
A website with posters produced by OPIRG-York and OPIRG Toronto from the 1980s to the present.
An Opposing Man: The Autobiography of a Romantic Revolutionary
Fischer, Ernst
Book
1969
The memoirs on Ernst Fischer, a socialist literary and art critic.
The Origins of Left Culture in the U.S.: 1880-1940: Issue 6-7 of Cultural Correspondence and Issue #6 of Green Mountain Irregulars
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
A selection of materials from the early years of radical popular culture in the United States, showing how different peoples, over several generations, sought to create out of their own resources a be...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 10, 2015: Labour Day issue
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Rickwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Labour Day issue, with articles examining the relentless pressure put on workers to work ever longer hours, at the cost of their health and family life; anti-worker legislation, Zapatista popular educ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - May 7, 2016: Destabilization and Regime Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
When governments get too far out of line -- the most outrageous offence, from the point of view of imperial power, is pursuing policies that help ordinary people at the expense of transnational corpo...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
This issue of Other Voices features a wide range of issues. The topic of the week is homophobia, the hate that led to 49 deaths in Orlando last week, but which is present in greater or lesser form in ...
Our History Recovered: Against The Current vol. 132
Quinn, Patrick M.
Article
2008
For thirty-six years since its apogee in the late 1960s during the worldwide movement against the U.S. war in Vietnam, the global Left, including the Left in the United States, has been in decline. Gl...
The Paris Commune of 1871: The View from the Left
Schulkind, Eugene; (Editor)
Book
1972
For the Left, the Paris Commune of 1871 stands as the first example of the exercise of political power by a working class. Socialists, Communists and Anarchists have all looked to this 72-day revoluti...
The Party: Volume 1: The Sixties, A Political Memoir: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988
Sheppard, Barry
Book
2005
Barry Sheppard was a member of the US Socialist Workers Party for 28 years, and a central leader for most of that time. This is the first of two volumes recounting his life in the party.
The Pittsburgh Reds, 1911-1914: Revolutionary Socialists in Allegheny County: Against The Current vol. 81
Hudson, Mark
Article
1999
The Socialist Party of America reached the peak of its strength and influence in 1912. In that year, the party could claim 118,000 members, and 879,000 American voters (about 6% of the total) cast the...
A Price Below Rubies, Jewish Woman As Rebels and Radicals
Stepherd, Naomi
Book
1993
A tour of radical thought and movements in Europe from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, refracted though the lives of a series of remarkable, courageous women.
The Purge
Davis, Chandler
Article
1988
Between 1947 and 1960 it was even harder than usual for left-wingers in the United States to get by. If you were active on the left, or were thought to be, there were more ways then than now that you ...
Radical Sydney / Radical History
Website
Radical Sydney began in 2010 as a site devoted to the book by Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill titled 'Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes. While this function continues, the blog has e...
Radicals and Revolutionaries: The History of Canadian Communism from the Robert S. Kenny Collection
Reid, Tom
Article
Radicals and Revolutionaries explores a significant yet neglected area in Canadian history-the experiences of the radical workers' movement and the Communist Party of Canada. Although a minority curre...
Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
Endicott, Stephen L.
Book
2012
A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People's Enlightenment in Canada 1890 - 1920
McKay, Ian
Book
2008
Examines the people and events that led to the rise of the left in Canada from 1890 to 1920, and highlights how a new way of looking at the world based on theories of evolution transformed struggles a...
Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History
McKay, Ian
Book
2005
McKay looks at the history of the left in Canada as a series of experiments in "living otherwise" -- efforts to work out ways of life and thought strategically opposed to the prevailing liberal-capita...
Rebuilding the International
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1915
The only real safeguard for peace depends on the resolution of the proletariat to remain faithful to its class politics and its international solidarity through all the storm of imperialism.
A Red Metamorphosis
Irving, Terry
Article
2014
The following essay has been written and published in response to increasing requests from researchers for information on the background and development of historian Terry Irving and his approach to h...
Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg
Evans, Kate; Buhle, Paul
Book
2015
A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. Red Rosa gives Luxemburg her due as a radical and human being. In this beaut...
Rediscovering Radical History
Irving, Terry
Article
2011
This essay studies the early days of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History Society (ASSLH).
Reluctant Memoir, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 135
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I think it was in 1963 that I first became aware of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). My older sister Patty had married a very nice guy named Earl Brecher, with whom she went to Liberia as one ...
Reviews from the Neue Rheinische Zeitung Politisch-okonomische Revue
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Article
1850
The periodical's aims were to assess the results of the 1848-49 revolution, to reveal the nature of the new historical situation, and to develop further the party's tactics. Altogether six issues were...
Revolution and the Color Line
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2017
A review of the biography 'W.E.B. DuBois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line', by Bill Mullen, detailing the life of the influential author and organizer.
Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s: A Memoir: Volume 1, Canada 1955-1965
Tate, Ernest
Book
2014
The first volume of long-time Canadian revolutionary socialist Ernie Tate's memoir.
Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s: A Memoir: Volume 2, Britain 1965-1970
Tate, Ernest
Book
2014
The second volume of long-time Canadian revolutionary socialist Ernie Tate's memoir.
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997): Journalist, Communist, Intellectual
Cahill, Rowan
Article
2013
This thesis explores aspects of the life, times, and career of Australian journalist Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997). During the Cold War, Lockwood was one of the best known members of the Communist Party...
The Russian Revolution
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1918
The basic lesson of every great revolution, the law of its being, decrees: either the revolution must advance at a rapid, stormy, resolute tempo, break down all barriers with an iron hand and place it...
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Shaping Histories
Irving, Terry; Cahill, Rowan
Article
2013
During the last few years, a number of researchers have interviewed the authors regarding their politics and practice in relation to 'history'. In reflecting upon their individual 'historiographies', ...
The Situationists and the Occupation Movements (1968/2011)
Knabb, Ken
Article
2011
In what ways does the Occupy movement of 2011 resemble the French Situationists of the 1960s?
SNCC at 50
Walker, Corey D.B.
Article
2010
The fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is vitally important not just for learning and understanding the past but, more importantly, for imagin...
SNCC: Same Lesson, 50 Years On: Power Yields Nothing Without Demand
Sigal, Clancy
Article
2010
The SNCC lesson is that power yields nothing without demand and the guts to back it up.
Social History Portal
Website
Search and browse digital collections on social history and the history of the labour movement from the late 18th to the beginning of the 21st century. More than 900,000 digitised objects (archives, b...
Socialism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
Socialist Thought: A Documentary History
Fried, Albert; Sanders, Ronald (eds.)
Book
1964
An anthology of important documents in the history of European socialist thought, from pre-revolutionary France to the 1950s.
Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History
Pekar, Harvey; Buhle, Paul
Book
2008
The History of SDS as You've Never Seen It Before. Captures the idealism and activism that drove a generation of young Americans to try to transform the world.
SUPA - Student Union for Peace Action: Connexipedia Article
Stevenson, William
Article
2010
A Canadian student organization active from 1964 to 1967.
"The Backdrop Against Which Everything Happened": English-Canadian Student Movements and Off-Campus Movements for Change
Lexier, Roberta
Article
2007
Examines the relationship between the 1960s' student movements at English-Canadian universities and provincial, national, and international movements for change.
Traite du Savoir-Vivre for the Occupy Wall Street Generations
Giordano, Al
Article
2011
Once upon a time, twenty thousand people descended on Wall Street, the capitol of capital, occupied it nonviolently, and won exactly what they demanded. This is not a fairy tale. It really happened. T...
The triumph of green hearts over sere: Reflections on student radicalism at Sydney University in the 1910s and the 1960s
Irving, Terry
Article
2013
In April 1910, thirty graduates and undergraduates met on the eve of the federal elections with the intention of establishing the University Socialist Society. The conservatives downtown were shocked....
Uncovering the Sixties: Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
Book
1985
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...
Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century
Cornell, Andrew
Book
2016
Unruly Equality traces U.S. anarchism as it evolved from the creed of poor immigrants militantly opposed to capitalism early in the twentieth century to one that today sees resurgent appeal among midd...
Utopia or Auschwitz: Germany's 1968 Generation and the Holocaust
Kundnani, Hans
Book
2009
In 1968 various student movements had risen up in post-war Europe. The movement in Germany, however, had the long shadow of their parents' roles in Nazism and World War Two.
What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy
Morgan, Edward P.
Book
2010
A historical overview, critical analysis, and appraisal of the 1960s. Drawing upon historical and media studies, theories of capitalism and democracy, and in-depth study of the era's social movements,...
Whose National Security?: Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies
Kinsman, Gary; Buse, Dieter K.; Stedman, Mercedes
Article
2000
Examines RCMP monitoring of trade unionists, Left-wing political groups, students, gays and lesbians, feminists, consumers' associations, Black activists, First Nations people, and Quebec sovereignist...
Why Marx Was Right
Eagleton, Terry
Book
2011
Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.
Wilfred Burchett's Retreat From Moscow
Lockwood, Rupert
Article
2013
Between 1965-1968, journalist Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997) was the Moscow-based correspondent for the Communist Party of Australia’s (CPA) newspaper Tribune. A veteran journalist, Lockwood had become ...

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The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Docs Populi
Dedicated to documenting and publishing oppositional artwork of the late 20th century.
Israeli Left Archive
Devoted mainly to the radical left and the women's peace movement in Israel during the sixties, seventies and the eighties.
Marxism.ca
A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
Socialism.ca
A hub featuring links to selected resources about socialism, as well as other progressive sites of interest to socialists and activists.
Socialist History Project
Documenting the socialist tradition in Canada. Primarily Trotskyist.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Sources Library

Grassroots archive information sheet
About your archive - collection - resource centre - library
2012
Connexions is working on a project to help network grassroots archives and collections of materials about activist and radical history. If you have a collection of social justice materials in your bas...
To spread the revolution: anarchist archives and libraries
Moran, Jessica
2016
Notes on why anarchists have created libraries (past and present) and some of the challenges they face, drawing on a survey of current anarchist libraries, anarchist history, and the author's own expe...

From the Connexions Archives

Break Their Haughty Power
Goldner, Loren
Website
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
CHO!CES Transformed
A look back on a long and extraordinary mo(ve)ment
Matthews, Kevin
Article
2000
Kevin Matthews reflects back on CHO!CES, a coalition for social justice that to many has represented an exceptional moment in the history of the Canadian Left, and in the Winnipeg activist community's...
Family ties: a brief, brief history of the Left in Canada
Brearton, Steve
Article
2000
A brief overview of the history of the Canadian political Left.
Kate Sharpley Library
Preserving the history of the anarchist movement
Website
Dedicated to researching and restoring the history of the anarchist movement and regularly publishes information on lost areas of anarchist history. It was named in honour of Kate Sharpley, a First Wo...
Radical America - Volume 6 Number 5
Special Issue: Quebec
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
An analysis of the Quebec general strike of 1972 and its roots in Quebec history.
Sojourner Truth Organization Digital Archive
Website
The Sojourner Truth Organization was an American revolutionary group based largely in Chicago during the 1970's and 1980's. This archive serves as a resource for STO's newspapers (Insurgent Worker), p...