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History is not made by kings, politicians, or a few rich individuals—it is made by all of us. From the temples of ancient Egypt to spacecraft orbiting Earth, workers and ordinary people everywhere have walked out, sat down, risen up, and fought back against exploitation, discrimination, colonization, and oppression. Working Class History presents a distinct selection of peo History is not made by kings, politicians, or a few rich individuals—it is made by all of us. From the temples of ancient Egypt to spacecraft orbiting Earth, workers and ordinary people everywhere have walked out, sat down, risen up, and fought back against exploitation, discrimination, colonization, and oppression. Working Class History presents a distinct selection of people’s history through hundreds of “on this day in history” anniversaries that are as diverse and international as the working class itself. Women, young people, people of color, workers, migrants, Indigenous peoples, LGBT+ people, disabled people, older people, the unemployed, home workers, and every other part of the working class have organized and taken action that has shaped our world, and improvements in living and working conditions have been won only by years of violent conflict and sacrifice. These everyday acts of resistance and rebellion highlight just some of those who have struggled for a better world and provide lessons and inspiration for those of us fighting in the present. Going day by day, this book paints a picture of how and why the world came to be as it is, how some have tried to change it, and the lengths to which the rich and powerful have gone to maintain and increase their wealth and influence. This handbook of grassroots movements, curated by the popular Working Class History project, features many hidden histories and untold stories, reinforced with inspiring images, further reading, and a foreword from legendary author and dissident Noam Chomsky.


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History is not made by kings, politicians, or a few rich individuals—it is made by all of us. From the temples of ancient Egypt to spacecraft orbiting Earth, workers and ordinary people everywhere have walked out, sat down, risen up, and fought back against exploitation, discrimination, colonization, and oppression. Working Class History presents a distinct selection of peo History is not made by kings, politicians, or a few rich individuals—it is made by all of us. From the temples of ancient Egypt to spacecraft orbiting Earth, workers and ordinary people everywhere have walked out, sat down, risen up, and fought back against exploitation, discrimination, colonization, and oppression. Working Class History presents a distinct selection of people’s history through hundreds of “on this day in history” anniversaries that are as diverse and international as the working class itself. Women, young people, people of color, workers, migrants, Indigenous peoples, LGBT+ people, disabled people, older people, the unemployed, home workers, and every other part of the working class have organized and taken action that has shaped our world, and improvements in living and working conditions have been won only by years of violent conflict and sacrifice. These everyday acts of resistance and rebellion highlight just some of those who have struggled for a better world and provide lessons and inspiration for those of us fighting in the present. Going day by day, this book paints a picture of how and why the world came to be as it is, how some have tried to change it, and the lengths to which the rich and powerful have gone to maintain and increase their wealth and influence. This handbook of grassroots movements, curated by the popular Working Class History project, features many hidden histories and untold stories, reinforced with inspiring images, further reading, and a foreword from legendary author and dissident Noam Chomsky.

30 review for Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance & Rebellion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lakshmi

    A nice compilation of everyday individuals fighting for more rights and freedoms. I would not recommend reading this in one go as it can get drab. There are two "acts" of resistance and rebellion for each calendar day and they vary in length, which can limit your engagement. I would have preferred fewer stories, but with more detail and context. A nice compilation of everyday individuals fighting for more rights and freedoms. I would not recommend reading this in one go as it can get drab. There are two "acts" of resistance and rebellion for each calendar day and they vary in length, which can limit your engagement. I would have preferred fewer stories, but with more detail and context.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This is a truly magnificent book. I learned so much about labor movements across the world and through time. I was especially happy to read about how many of these struggles were led by women, immigrants and people of color. Resist!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Phizacklea-Cullen

    "History is not made by kings and queens, military commanders or politicians, it is made by ordinary people engaging in acts of struggle and resistance." This is the ethos that underpins this valuable compendium of largely overlooked everyday acts of courage by people on the bottom rungs of society, the first publication from the online history project Working Class History. Although effectively each of the project's daily social media updates set down in print, and therefore probably best read "History is not made by kings and queens, military commanders or politicians, it is made by ordinary people engaging in acts of struggle and resistance." This is the ethos that underpins this valuable compendium of largely overlooked everyday acts of courage by people on the bottom rungs of society, the first publication from the online history project Working Class History. Although effectively each of the project's daily social media updates set down in print, and therefore probably best read as an entry per day, this is well worth reading for challenging many assumptions about historical record, including about some of the sacred cows of the left.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dec

    A great introduction

  5. 5 out of 5

    Billy

    A well-researched day-by-day history of working class and leftist movements from around the world. Excellent work by a dedicated team, and well worth reading, whether day by day or in chunks.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    An outstanding book on People's History and an 'on this day' format which makes for easy reading and/or a day by day read. An outstanding book on People's History and an 'on this day' format which makes for easy reading and/or a day by day read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Viola

    History is not made by kings, politicians, or a few rich individuals—it is made by all of us. From the temples of ancient Egypt to spacecraft orbiting Earth, workers and ordinary people everywhere have walked out, sat down, risen up, and fought back against exploitation, discrimination, colonization, and oppression. Help us celebrate our rich collective history of resistance by joining with us to publish Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance & Rebellion. Second stretch goal: (Massive History is not made by kings, politicians, or a few rich individuals—it is made by all of us. From the temples of ancient Egypt to spacecraft orbiting Earth, workers and ordinary people everywhere have walked out, sat down, risen up, and fought back against exploitation, discrimination, colonization, and oppression. Help us celebrate our rich collective history of resistance by joining with us to publish Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance & Rebellion. Second stretch goal: (Massive thanks to everyone who has backed us so far, ensuring that this work will definitely be published, and with a bigger print run than initially planned! We have now added a second stretch goal: so if we reach $50,000 (~£40,000) in pledges then every backer will also receive a free e-book of Strike! 50th Anniversary Edition by Jeremy Brecher (all formats available), and we will be able to produce an even bigger print run of the book and get it into more hands! ) Description: Working Class History presents a distinct selection of people’s history through hundreds of “on this day in history” anniversaries that are as diverse and international as the working class itself. Women, young people, people of color, workers, migrants, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ people, disabled people, older people, the unemployed, home workers, and every other part of the working class have organized and taken action that has shaped our world, and improvements in living and working conditions have been won only by years of violent conflict and sacrifice. These everyday acts of resistance and rebellion highlight just some of those who have struggled for a better world and provide lessons and inspiration for those of us fighting in the present. Going day by day, this book paints a picture of how and why the world came to be as it is, how some have tried to change it, and the lengths to which the rich and powerful have gone to maintain and increase their wealth and influence. This handbook of grassroots movements, curated by the popular Working Class History project, features many hidden histories and untold stories, reinforced with inspiring images, further reading, and a foreword from legendary author and dissident Noam Chomsky Source https://workingclasshistory.com https://workingclasshistory.com/2020/...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacques

    An absolutely essential read. Anyone who has any interest in collective/direct action should read this to learn the deep and suppressed history of labor activism.

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