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The Thiaroye massacre, 1944 - Steven Johns

Tirailleurs as prisoners of war

A short history of the mass killing of black soldiers in the Free French Forces who were protesting against non-payment of wages towards the end of World War II.

Prophets of deceit: a study of the techniques of the American agitator - Leo Löwenthal & Norbert Guterman

Part of the 'Studies in Prejudice' series sponsored by the American Jewish Committee in the 1940s/50s. Löwenthal and Guterman's 1949 text provides a detailed study of the figure of the right-wing demagogue and their techniques, with an introduction by Max Horkheimer.

The whitewashing of French forces in the liberation of Paris - Steven Johns

Senegalese troops who fought for the French as prisoners of war in Europe

A short account of how American and British commanders ensured that the liberation of Paris was orchestrated by a “whites only” force.

The Wave Hill walk-off, 1966-1975

Wave Hill strikers

A short history of the Wave Hill, or Gurindji, strike, when aboriginal agricultural workers walked out for equal pay and then lodged a claim for the land they worked on. They remained out for an incredible nine years, and were eventually given back a proportion of the land.

Black rebellion: five slave revolts - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Contemporary illustration of the Nat Turner Rebellion

Detailed histories of five important episodes of slave revolt, excerpted from a longer book called Travellers and Outlaws by abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson, first published in 1889. Unfortunately it contains language and a perspective tainted by the widespread prejudice at the time, however we reproduce it in full for historical information only.

Media, Roma, and capitalism

Recently, one morning a national television station invited a “model Roma” to repeat the cliché excuses that are given as liberal propaganda... The “educated Roma” however, although not involved with radical thought, often puts his finger in the wound and looks to official state statistics which he deviates from and engages the host and other guests in debate. He will probably not be invited again.

Our enemies in blue - Kristian Williams

Let's begin with the basics: violence is an inherent part of policing.

Deadly silence: black deaths in custody

David Oluwale

A detailed study of deaths of people of colour in custody in the UK, published in 1991.

On the Line No. 1 (May-June 1994)

The No. 1 (May-June 1994) issue of On the Line, a newsletter of Workers Solidarity Alliance in the New York/New Jersey area.

The Elaine massacre, 1919 - Grif Stockley

The armed racist white mob

A short history of one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history when hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces after black farm workers tried to organise for better pay.