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History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us. This podcast is about how we, together, have fought for a better world.

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History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us. This podcast is about how we, together, have fought for a better world.

    E53: The IWW in Canada

    E53: The IWW in Canada

    Podcast episode about the history of the revolutionary union the Industrial Workers of the World in Canada. We speak with historian and author Mark Leier about the union’s organising work amongst loggers, miners, road and railroad construction workers, First Nations dock workers and more.
    Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
    Listen to the bonus episode attached to this episode here on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e52-1-canadian-51361075
    Full show notes, acknowledgements, sources, links to more information and transcript on the webpage for this episode here: https://workingclasshistory.com/2021/05/17/e52-the-iww-in-canada/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    WCL E2: Joseph Skipsey – poet and pitman

    WCL E2: Joseph Skipsey – poet and pitman

    Episode two of the Working Class Literature podcast about Joseph Skipsey, a poet and coal miner from the North East of England. After entering the mines as a child, he would grow up to become a nationally-renowned poet, respected by some of the most famous artists of the nineteenth century. In this episode, we speak to researcher Dr Gordon Tait and musician Chris Harrison, both of whom have been doing lots of work around Skipsey’s life and poetry.
    Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Like for example a bonus episode about Joseph Skipsey. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistoryFull show notes and acknowledgements on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2021/05/27/wcl-e2-joseph-skipsey-poet-and-pitman/

    • 50 min
    E51: Jeon Tae-il and Lee So-sun

    E51: Jeon Tae-il and Lee So-sun

    Podcast episode about two extremely influential South Korean worker organisers, Jeon Tae-il and Lee So-sun, and the autonomous self-organisation of women textile and garment workers in the country from the 1960s to the 1980s.
    Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
    For more on South Korean people's history, you can get this book, Asia’s Unknown Uprisings Volume 1: South Korean Social Movements in the 20th Century by George Katsiaficas, here in our online store – https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/products/asias-unknown-uprisings-volume-1-south-korean-social-movements-in-the-20th-century-george-katsiaficas
    Learn more about the Heung Coalition at their website: https://www.heungcoalition.com/
    Full acknowledgements, sources, links, photos, more info and transcript on the webpage for this episode here: https://workingclasshistory.com/2021/03/24/e51-jeon-tae-il-and-lee-so-sun/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    E50: Working Class History the book

    E50: Working Class History the book

    Podcast episode in which we talk about our new book, Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance & Rebellion, with our friends at the Coffee with Comrades podcast, which they edited and put out as their episode 114. They kindly shared the audio with us, which we have lightly edited for brevity and include here as our latest episode.
    In it, we discuss the book, the WCH project, the nature of people's history, our approach to class and its intersection with other forms of oppression. Our conversation also touches on lots of stories of rebellion, including the fight for the weekend, and tea breaks, opposing the Ku Klux Klan, resisting the police and more.
    Copies of the first printing of the book are still available in our online store: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/products/working-class-history-everyday-acts-resistance-rebellion-book
    And for our lovely patrons, depending on your level you may be entitled to a free e-book version ($10/month and up), paperback ($20/month and up) or hardcover ($50/month and up). For patrons at other levels you can get 20% off it and every other book in our online store using an exclusive discount code.
    Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
    Links
    Full show notes, links, acknowledgements and transcript here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2021/02/09/e50-working-class-history-the-book/
    This original episode on Coffee with Comrades: https://coffeewithcomrades.com/episode-114-history-from-below-ft-working-class-history
    More about Coffee with Comrades: https://coffeewithcomrades.com/
    Follow them on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/coffeewcomrades
    Acknowledgements
    Thanks to you, our generous patrons for making this podcast possible. Special thanks to Conor Canatsey, Ariel Gioia, and Shae.
    Photo courtesy https://www.instagram.com/katyeross/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    E49: Anti-Racist Action in Minneapolis

    E49: Anti-Racist Action in Minneapolis

    As a far-right mob storms the Capitol in Washington DC, learn more about the history of opposition to white supremacy in the US. This podcast episode tells the story of Anti-Racist Action, a militant anti-fascist organisation in Minneapolis, Minnesota founded in the 1980s.
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    Anti-Racist Action (ARA) started in Minneapolis and is a predecessor to the crews often now called antifa. ARA started in 1987 with a multiracial group of teenage skinheads who fought the rising white power movement. It grew into a network of groups in at least 120 towns and cities across the US and Canada. ARA’s first principle was: “We go where they go. Never let the Nazis have the streets.” They eventually applied that not only to white power organising, but to homophobic and anti-abortion organizing, and to police violence, which they saw as all connected.
    Producer and host Anna Stitt tells the story of the group in Minneapolis through vivid first-person accounts, archival audio, and music from the era. It starts under the railroad tracks in Uptown, Minneapolis and traces a movement that continues to shape the US to this day.
    More information, photos, full acknowledgements and the transcript of this episode here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2021/01/11/e49-anti-racist-action-in-minneapolis/
    Listen to our exclusive bonus episode, where we discussed the topic further with Anna, and listen to more tape from participants about their early lives, political backgrounds and more on patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e49-1-anti-bonus-46081746

    • 55 min
    E48: The green bans, part 2

    E48: The green bans, part 2

    Concluding part of our double podcast episode about green bans by building workers in Australia from 1970 to 1975 which held up billions of dollars of development which would have been harmful to the environment, or working class and Aboriginal communities.
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    In these episodes we speak with Dave Kerin, a former builders labourer and member of the Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) and current member of the Earthworker Collective, and Dr Meredith Burgmann, who was an active supporter of the green bans, co-authored Green Bans, Red Union: the Saving of a City with her sister Verity Burgmann, and was later a Labor member of parliament.
    We have produced merch commemorating the BLF and the green bans here to help fund our work: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/all/green-bans
    Listen to both parts of this podcast now, as well as an exclusive bonus episode, by supporting us on patreon: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
    More information, transcripts and full show notes here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2020/10/30/e47-48-green-bans/

    • 58 min

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