August 22nd

Booklist From August 22nd Upton Sinclair THE CITY OF FEAR “THIS is our career and our triumph,” Bart had proclaimed; and assuredly never had “a good shoemaker and a poor fish-peddler” caused such excitement in the world. On Saturday, two days before the execution, there was an order for a general strike in Buenos Aires; more »

The Jungle

Booklist Upton Sinclair p119 There were the wool-pluckers, whose hands went to pieces even sooner than the hands of the pickle men; for the pelts of the sheep has to be painted with acid to loosen the wool, and then the pluckers had to pull out this wool with their bare hands, till the acid more »

ROBERT LYNN Not a Life Story, Just a Leaf From It

ROBERT LYNN Not a Life Story, Just a Leaf From It The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of human behaviour: we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently… One day it will be realised that Socialism is not the invention of anything new but the discovery more »

RUTHERGLEN DRAMA GROUP Caterpillar Talking Blues

Caterpillar Talking Blues Eeni meeni miney mo your factory has gotta go paranoia in Peoria… (Spoken to guitar accompaniment, roughly 16 bar blues in G.) Well we’re sittin over here in Illinoya, We got a real good story for ya, We’re a multie national corporation, Got factories in every nation. All except one, and that’s more »

SANDY HOBBS Clyde Apprentices’ Strikes

Clyde Apprentices’ Strikes 1912, 1937, 1941, 1952, 1960. In each of these years there was a major strike for workers’ rights, based on the Clyde, which succeeded in seriously disrupting production in engineering and shipbuilding. Yet most of the strikers were not trade union members, and in most cases the unions gave the strikes only more »

JOHN TAYLOR CALDWELL The Battle For The Green

The Battle For The Green THE SUMMER OF 1931 was a riotous season in Glasgow. There were demonstrations involving anything from forty-five thousand to one hundred thousand angry protesters, in scenes which Police Superintendent Sweeny of the Central Division described as “a disgrace to any civilised community”. The focal point of these demonstrations was Glasgow more »