Category: History

Lawrence Wu: How The CIA Overthrew Iran’s Democracy In 4 Days

Over the course of four days in August 1953, Roosevelt would orchestrate not one, but two attempts to destabilize the government of Iran

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Cal Winslow: Labor’s Most Spectacular Revolt

Seattle General Strike

Laurence Cox: The revolutionary challenge of “the long 1968”

The struggles of 1968 remade the landscape of social movements and popular resistance for decades to come. What do these struggles have to tell us today?

Pema Levy: 200-Year History of Using Voter Fraud Fears to Block Access to Ballot

An incomplete timeline of using the specter of fraud to deny people the vote

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Vijay Prashad: The Cuban Revolution, 60 years on

Fidel had the correct attitude. It was infectious. One hopes it has infected the entire island, whose destiny rests in its creative response—60 years after the revolution—to the current crisis

Roxanne Dunbar-ortiz: What White Supremacists Know

The violent theft of land and capital is at the core of the U.S. experiment: the U.S. military got its start in the wars against Native Americans

Abby Scher: Eight Lessons from History for Today’s Madness

I learned to peer beyond my political bubble in the early 1980s, first when Ronald Reagan was elected president and destroyed the New Deal coalition in which I was raised and then when Phyllis Schlafly’s Stop ERA women indeed stopped the Equal Rights Amendment for women from becoming the law of the land by defeating Read more…

Robert Scott Kellner: This Is Where Antisemitism Leads

“This imbecile has us especially close to his heart. He makes no secret of his hateful feelings. He does not greet my wife at all and ignores me unless it’s for official business,” wrote Friedrich Kellner, courthouse administrator in the small German town of Laubach, on January 23, 1943. The “imbecile” was Heinrich Scherdt, the Read more…

Colette Gaiter: Chicago 1969

When Black Panthers aligned with Confederate-flag-wielding, working-class whites

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Peter Dreier: The #MeToo Movement’s Roots in Women Workers’ Rights

An unsung shero of the early 20th century, Rose Schneiderman organized women to fight for laws to protect them from sexual harassment and assault in the workplace

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