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Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

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James P Cannon and Max Shachtman

Workers' Liberty 3/53, published as a pull-out in Solidarity 397.

The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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Minnie Lansbury

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Janine

Janine on Stroppyblog commemorates Minnie Lansbury, whose memory deserves to be dragged from out of the shadow of that of her father-in-law George Lansbury.

Janine on Stroppyblog commemorates Minnie Lansbury, whose memory deserves to be dragged from out of the shadow of that of her husband George Lansbury.

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Jihadis of the 1640s

Dan Nichols reviews “blood on our hands: the english civil war”, Channel 4

Channel Four’s programme on the English Revolution broke new ground in its portrayal of a nation at war with itself. It was based around letters from the period and featured actors playing the roles of those who had written the letters.

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A Sinister Web

A SINISTER WEB

A Right-Wing Conspiracy in Italy 33 Years Ago?

by Alfred Consiglio

It was the kind of news the Italians call a bombshell. Settegiorni magazine reported on 16 April, 1972 that the Defence Ministry had been obliged to dismiss the command of the 3rd Army, stationed on the Eastern border. The formal grounds were “economic and organizational considerations”. Actually, it had come to light that there existed in the 3rd Army “right-wing elements attempting to form an activist nucleus for further action” with a view to “putting democracy in the freezer”.

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Catholic Action: A rift in the Iron Curtain, by James P Cannon

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James P Cannon

Trotskyist literature that deals head-on with organised religion is something of a rarity. Not so in the USA in the 1940s and 50s. The American "Orthodox Trotskyists" of the Socialist Workers Party published a stream of articles and a pamphlet denouncing the Cardinals, bishops and priests of the Catholic Church for their reactionary role in politics and American society. This article, by James Patrick Cannon, was one such attack. Reviewing a novel, Moon Gaffney, by Harry Sylvester, Cannon followed Sylvester in portraying the social and mental world of Catholic Irish-America.

The American Trotskyist leader discusses political Catholicism in the USA in the mid-Twentieth Century.

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Review: Leon Trotsky and World War One by Ian Thatcher

When the great powers of Europe went to war in August 1914, Leon Trotsky was living in Vienna. Fearing arrest, he fled to Switzerland for three months. In November 1914 he moved to France as a war correspondent for Kievskaya Mysl, a liberal newspaper for which he had worked since 1909, including during the Balkan wars (1912-13). Trotsky was a participant in the anti-war socialist conferences of Zimmerwald (September 1915) and Kienthal (April 1916), which laid the basis for a new international. He was deported from France in October 1916, travelling through Spain, where he was briefly imprisoned, arriving in New York in January 1917. He left for Russia at the end of March 1917, and there, with Lenin, helped lead the revolution that created the world’s first workers’ state.

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The working class in the US Civil War

By Sacha Ismail

In my first article, I described how the bourgeoisie of the Northern United States formed a coalition with other social layers to defeat a pro-slavery rebellion and destroy slavery in the US South. This article looks at the US working class during that period.

The making of the American working class

It was only when the Napoleonic Wars and the Anglo-American war of 1812-15 cut off the import of manufactured goods from Europe that the US’s industrial revolution really began.

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What is left anti-semitism?

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Sean Matgamna

What is “left-wing anti-semitism”? Where is it manifested? What is to be done about it?

There are three difficulties, three confusions and obfuscations, that stand in the way of rational discussion of what we mean by “left-wing anti-semitism”.

The first is that left-wing anti-semitism knows itself by another and more self-righteous name, “anti-Zionism”. Often, your left-wing anti-semite sincerely believes that he or she is only an anti-Zionist, only a just if severe critic of Israel.

The fact that their proponents are surely not racists does not answer the questions raised by root-and-branch "smash Israel" agitational themes.

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