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1919: Ireland in Chains

On July 4, 1919, American supporters of Irish independence crashed the Independence Day parade in Washington D.C. Their participation had been officially banned by the parade organizers because Ireland was not a “fully accredited” nation, but—undeterred—they decorated a car and … Continue reading

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1979: James Baldwin’s Inkwell

Q. How do you see the role of the black American writer in particular? A. Well, you have to understand that presently you’re going to be obsolete, because America is going to be obsolete. But if one substitutes the word … Continue reading

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1831: Bristol Burns

W. J. Müller: Bristol Burns (1831) Arising from the House of Lords’s rejection of a bill that would have increased representation in the House of Commons, the 1831 Bristol Riots were part of the long struggle for democracy in the … Continue reading

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1942: Pamphlet

Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way… The German people slumber on in dull, stupid sleep and encourage the fascist criminals. Each wants to be exonerated of guilt, each … Continue reading

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1962: Nurses’ March

April 1, 1962: 8,000 union nurses march for higher pay in Trafalgar Square, London. In 1958, at the worst stage of the recession, the Conservative government took a firm stand against pay increases and, having won the busmen’s strike in … Continue reading

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1979: Eric Lanzetti Tells You What a Communist Is

In 1938, after a childhood in a West Virginia mining town and a bright college career at Brown and Oxford, Eric Lanzetti —radicalized by the revolutionary fight against fascism in Spain—became a communist organizer on the Lower East Side of … Continue reading

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1845: Frederick Douglass Visits Ireland

Shortly after the 1845 publication of his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass left the US for a two-year tour of Ireland and Britain. During his time in Ireland, he befriended and appeared on … Continue reading

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