Working Class History podcast

Archive of the Working Class History podcast. 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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WCH E0: Introduction to the Working Class History podcast

A short introduction to the WCH podcast and what we're about.

A short introduction to the WCH podcast and what we're about.
Support the WCH podcast on patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/workingclasshistory
More information about WCH on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ

WCH E1: The Grunwick strike, 1976

Interview with Amrit Wilson and Grunwick 40 about the iconic strike of East African Asian women in London in the 1970s.

Apologies for the audio quality which isn't great on headphones at least. All our later episodes are much better quality, so if you don't enjoy this one please check out one of our later episodes instead.

Support the WCH podcast on patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/workingclasshistory

FOOTNOTES

For a short video history of the Grunwick strike see here on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWuB7JYo818
This is an interesting article with more information about the strike which was written while it was ongoing: https://libcom.org/library/the-grunwick-strike-a-sivanandan
Check out their website of Grunwick 40 here: https://grunwick40.wordpress.com/
The website of the South Asia Solidarity Group is here: http://www.southasiasolidarity.org/
Before Grunwick, there were other strikes by black and Asian workers in the UK, where the unions basically adopted a racist approach and supported preferential treatment of white workers. Notably these included the 1974 Imperial Typewriters strike (https://libcom.org/history/imperial-typewriters-strike-1974-ron-ramdin), the 1973 Standard Telephones and Cables strike (https://libcom.org/library/standard-telephones-cables-strike-1973) and the 1972 Mansfield Hosiery strike (https://libcom.org/library/women-struggle-mansfield-hosiery-strike).
Also mentioned during the podcast was the “colour bar” on public transport in Bristol enforced by the TGWU union which was eventually broken by a boycott in 1963 (https://libcom.org/history/black-white-buses-1963-colour-bar-dispute-bristol).
In addition to struggles in workplaces, Asians in Britain fought racism in the streets, forming militant Asian Youth Movements around the country. This is a good account of these organisations: https://libcom.org/history/here-stay-here-fight-kenan-malik

GLOSSARY

Arthur Scargill – left-wing leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), at the time the most powerful trade union in the UK
Ian Tomlinson – a newspaper seller on his way home in London who was attacked and killed by a police officer during the 2009 protests against the G-20 summit in London. The press originally falsely claimed that police trying to “help” a “dying man” were “pelted with bricks” by demonstrators.
IWGB union – the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, a rank-and-file-controlled union in London: https://iwgb.org.uk/
Kettling – the police practice of penning in demonstrators for prolonged periods of time
Orientalism – the subtle and persistent patronising Western representations of “the Orient” – meaning individuals and cultures from Asia, North Africa and the Middle East
Trades Council – an umbrella body for delegates from different trade unions in a geographical area
United Voices of the World union – another rank-and-file union of mostly migrant workers: https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/
More information about WCH on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ

WCH E2: The Angry Brigade, part 1

The first of a two-part interview about the Angry Brigade, Britain’s first urban guerrilla group, with John Barker, author, who in 1972 was convicted for being part of the organisation.

Check out John’s website and buy his books here: https://www.theharrier.net/
And check out John Barker’s radical London playlist, a collection of tracks which Brigaders were listening to at the time here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6byAUIVUB3Hm_h4HLy26FIKr
This is a detailed history of the Angry Brigade: https://libcom.org/library/angry-brigade-history-britains-first-urban-guerilla-group
And this is a comprehensive chronology of Angry Brigade activities and collection of all their documentation: https://libcom.org/history/angry-brigade-documents-chronology

FOOTNOTES

1. Society of the Spectacle – Guy Debord – you can read it online here: https://libcom.org/library/society-of-the-spectacle-debord
2. King Mob – here is a short introduction to the group: https://libcom.org/history/mob-who-shouldnt-really-be-here-hari-kunzru

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ

WCH E3: The Angry Brigade, part 2

Second of our two-part interview with John Barker, Angry Brigade prisoner, covering the arrests, the sensational trial, his time in prison and the political situation upon his release in the late 1970s.

Check out John’s website and buy his books here: https://www.theharrier.net/
And check out John Barker’s radical London playlist, a collection of tracks which Brigaders were listening to at the time here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6byAUIVUB3Hm_h4HLy26FIKr

This is a detailed history of the Angry Brigade: https://libcom.org/library/angry-brigade-history-britains-first-urban-guerilla-group

And this is a comprehensive chronology of Angry Brigade activities and collection of all their documentation: https://libcom.org/history/angry-brigade-documents-chronology

FOOTNOTES

1. Tyranny of structuralessness – Jo Freeman – read it online here: https://libcom.org/library/tyranny-structurelessness-jo-freeman
2. Stoke Newington police station – one particular notorious incident was the death of Colin Roach in this police station. Info on that here: https://libcom.org/library/workers’-playtime-death-colin-roach-“community-policing”-1983
3. Bending the Bars – John Barker – buy it online here: https://www.theharrier.net/product/bending-the-bars-by-john-barker-ebook/
4. Hull prison riot – read Angry Brigade prisoner Jake Prescott's account of the riot here: https://libcom.org/library/account-hull-prison-riot-1976-jake-prescott
5. IRA – the Irish Republican Army – the main pro-Irish independence armed group
6. Portuguese revolution – this is a short history of the revolution: https://libcom.org/history/1974-1975-the-portuguese-revolution
And this is a detailed account and analysis of it: https://libcom.org/library/portugal-impossible-revolution-phil-mailer
7. Leninist – following the ideology of Russian Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, particularly with regard to the importance he placed upon a "vanguard" political party
8. Winter of discontent – this is a short history of the Winter of discontent strike wave: https://libcom.org/history/1978-1979-winter-of-discontent
9. Libertarian communism – this refers to communism being implemented not through the state but by the mass of workers ourselves. This is a short introduction to libertarian communism: https://libcom.org/library/libertarian-communism-introduction
10. London cleaners strikes – in recent years mostly migrant cleaners have self-organised numerous successful disputes, mostly through the rank-and-file United Voices of the World (https://www.uvwunion.org.uk) and Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (https://iwgb.org.uk)
11. Big Flame – this is a partial archive of texts by or about Big Flame: https://libcom.org/tags/big-flame
12. Acorn – a tenants' union and antipoverty organising group. This is their website: https://acorntheunion.org.uk/
13. Broadway market occupation – this occupation of a cafe in Hackney, London to prevent its conversion to luxury flats took place in 2006. More info here: https://libcom.org/news/article.php/broadway-market-cafe-occupation-2005-6
14. Criminal Justice Acts – John Barker – buy it online here: https://www.theharrier.net/product/criminal-justice-acts/

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ

WCH E4: Anti-Nazi youth movements in World War II

An interview with historian Nick Heath about anti-Nazi youth cultural movements in fascist Europe before and during World War II. In particular we look at the German Edelweiss Pirates and Swing Kids, the French Zazous and the Austrian Schlurfs.

This is a playlist of tracks curated by Nick which these groups listened to at the time: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6bw3bxogFZxZQ1P8xMJ_zOBa
Support this podcast on patreon here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory

MORE INFORMATION

This is a history of the Edelweiss Pirates: https://libcom.org/history/1939-1945-the-edelweiss-pirates
This is a history of the Zazous: https://libcom.org/history/1940-1945-the-zazous
This is a history of the Schlurfs: https://libcom.org/history/schlurfs-%E2%80%93-youth-against-nazism

FOOTNOTES

1. The Ehrenfeld resistance group – more info about them here: http://www.executedtoday.com/2015/11/10/1944-thirteen-from-the-ehrenfeld-roup-and-the-edelweiss-pirates/
2. The Edelweiss Pirates film from 2004 you can watch online here: https://vimeo.com/99341412
3. The mods – this is an interesting study of "moral panics" by the media, looking in particular at the mods and rockers youth culture in the 1960s UK: https://libcom.org/history/folk-devils-moral-panics
4. The White Rose Group – this is an archive of documents about the group: https://libcom.org/library/white-rose-documents
5. Zoot suits: this is a history of the US zoot suit phenomenon: https://libcom.org/history/zoot-suit-rebellion
6. Anarchist Communist Group – this is the website of the ACG: https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/
7. Also on a musical note we recommend checking out the Pet Shop Boys song, In the Night, which is about the Zazous: https://youtu.be/OB2y40HID44

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (https://www.ushmm.org/) for permission to use excerpts of their interview with Walter Meyer, which is in four parts and begins here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlC1uahOuf4
Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, an Italian partisan folksong, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ
The first song we play is Johnny Hess – Ils Sont Zazous. Buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/78-rpm-swing/391646365
The second is Erhard Bauschke und sein Orchester – Nachtexpress Nach Warschau. Buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/erhard-bauschke-und-sein-orchester/301892537
The final track is Tanzorchester Oscar Joost – Am Montag Fangt Die Woche An. Buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/tanzorchester-oscar-joost/309983323

WCH E5: Workmates - organising with agency workers on London Underground

An interview with Andy Littlechild, a rail track charge hand and rail workers' union official, about Workmates: a fighting organisation of permanent and agency contract workers on London Underground in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Read a history of the Workmates collective here: https://libcom.org/library/workmates-direct-action-workplace-organising-london-underground
Support this podcast on patreon and get exclusive access to special features and bonus audio, like an additional anecdote from Andy about what happened when management tried to sack him: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
If you enjoyed the podcast please give us a review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/working-class-history-podcast/id1355066333

FOOTNOTES

1. Anarcho-syndicalism – this is a short introduction to anarcho-syndicalism: https://libcom.org/thought/anarcho-syndicalism-an-introduction And this is a guide to further reading about anarcho-syndicalism: https://libcom.org/library/anarcho-syndicalism-reading-guide
2. Solidarity Federation – more info on their website: http://www.solfed.org.uk/
3. Anarchist Federation – more info on their website: http://afed.org.uk
4. CNT (Confederación Nacional del Trabajo – National Federation of Labour) – this is an introduction to the CNT: https://libcom.org/library/what-cnt

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, an Italian partisan folksong, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/store/bravo-records/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Or stream it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6yXBmaTSWDKWz45JuE78xi?si=imm7zdnXQrWJWUUEzgNEAQ

E06: The Industrial Workers of the World in the US, 1905-1918

Podcast episode about the early history of the Industrial Workers of the World union in the United States, 1905-1918. In conversation with Peter Cole, coeditor of the new book Wobblies of the World: a Global History of the IWW.


Support this podcast and get early access to episodes, bonus audio and other benefits here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory

This is our playlist of early IWW music: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6bxcbE373VUIFoIkZqqRVM79
You can buy the book here: Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW (Wildcat)
This is a very short history of the union: https://libcom.org/history/articles/iww-usa
And this is a great collection of oral histories of the IWW: https://libcom.org/history/solidarity-forever-oral-history-iww-stewart-bird-dan-georgakas-deborah-shaffer
Peter's book Wobblies on the Waterfront about the Philadelphia dockers you can buy here: Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia (Working Class in American History)

FOOTNOTES

– Big Bill Haywood – here is a selection of articles by our about him: https://libcom.org/tags/bill-haywood
– Syndicalism – this is a short introduction to syndicalism: https://libcom.org/library/syndicalism-introduction
– Anarchism – this is a short introduction to anarchism: https://libcom.org/thought/anarchist-communism-an-introduction
– Lucy Parsons – this is a short biography: https://libcom.org/history/articles/1853-lucy-parsons
– Eugene Debs – this is a short biography: https://www.iww.org/history/biography/EugeneDebs/1
– Mother Jones – this is her autobiography: https://libcom.org/library/autobiography-mother-jones
– Philadelphia Local 8: more info in Peter's book linked to above, and here: https://libcom.org/library/100-years-ago-philadelphia-dockers-strike-local-8-iww-mouvement-communiste-kolektivně-pr
– Ben Fletcher – short biography: https://libcom.org/history/articles/1890-19-ben-fletcher
– Bread and roses strike – this is a short history: https://libcom.org/history/1912-the-lawrence-textile-strike
– Denver domestic workers – more info here: https://libcom.org/history/letter-iww-domestic-workers-union-1917-jane-street
– John Dos Passos – short biography: https://libcom.org/history/john-dos-passos
– Accounts of a few IWW free speech fights. Spokane: Https://libcom.org/history/1908-10-spokane-free-speech-fight – Missoula: https://libcom.org/history/1909-missoula-free-speech-fight – San Diego: https://libcom.org/history/1912-san-diego-free-spech-fight
– Upton Sinclair – here are some of his works: https://libcom.org/tags/upton-sinclair-0
– Anarcho-Syndicalism – this is a short introduction: https://libcom.org/thought/anarcho-syndicalism-an-introduction
– General strike – classic IWW text on the general strike: https://libcom.org/library/general-strike-ralph-chaplin
– Joe Hill – an account of his execution: https://libcom.org/history/1915-the-murder-of-joe-hill
– Little red songbook – online here: https://libcom.org/library/little-red-song-book
– Ralph Chaplin – archive of his texts here: https://libcom.org/tags/ralph-chaplin
– Utah Phillips – obituary here: https://www.iww.org/history/biography/UtahPhillips/1
– This is a database of hundreds of incidents of repression against the IWW up to 1920: https://libcom.org/history/database-repression-iww-1906-1920
– Frank Little – article about his murder here: https://libcom.org/library/man-was-hung
– Centralia massacre – article about the murder of IWW member Wesley Everest: https://libcom.org/history/1919-the-murder-of-wesley-everest
– Everett massacre – short account here: https://libcom.org/history/everett-massacre-1916-walt-crowley
– Greenville IWW battle against the KKK: https://libcom.org/history/1924-kkk-iww-wage-drawn-battle-greenville
– Knights of Labor: this is a short history – https://libcom.org/history/knights-labor-1869-1885-louis-adamic

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

IWW music used in the episode under Fair Use includes:
– Solidarity forever – Pete Seeger – buy it online here: https://amzn.to/2x63dYE
– There is power in a union – Joe Glazer and Bill Friedland – buy it online here: https://amzn.to/2IGaQKS
– The preacher and the slave – Utah Phillips – buy it online here: https://amzn.to/2J421dc
Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/

E07: The West Virginia mine wars, 1902-1922

Podcast episode on the West Virginia mine wars 1902-1922. We speak with Catherine Moore and others from the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, as well as some striking West Virginia teachers about the conflicts, and how they are remembered today.


This is a short overview of the mine wars: https://libcom.org/history/west-virginias-mine-wars-1920-1921
Support WCH on patreon here: https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory
Find out more about the museum here: https://www.wvminewars.com/
We have some video and photographs from the re-enactment and museum in our Instagram story highlights. Follow us and find them here: https://instagram.com/workingclasshistory

FOOTNOTES

– Mother Jones – you can read her autobiography here: https://libcom.org/library/autobiography-mother-jones
– Matewan (1987 film) – you can purchase it here: https://amzn.to/2JrLxIG
– The battle of Blair mountain: this is a photo gallery of the conflict – https://libcom.org/gallery/battle-blair-mountain-1921-photo-gallery
– West Virginia teachers strikes – this is a short overview of what happened: https://libcom.org/library/no-promises-insurgent-teachers-strike-west-virginia

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Music used in the episode under Fair Use includes:
– Solidarity forever – Pete Seeger – buy it online here: https://amzn.to/2x63dYE
– Music from the film Matewan, buy the soundtrack here: https://amzn.to/2Jz3XHp
Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/

E08: The Vietnam war strike wave

The first in a series of episodes we will be producing about the Vietnam war. Here we talk to historian and author of Strike! Jeremy Brecher about the strike wave which swept the United States during the Vietnam war in the 1960s and 70s.

Support us here: patreon.com/workingclasshistory
Get Strike! online here: amzn.to/2xLugWv
Jeremy’s website is at www.jeremybrecher.org
His organisation, Labor Network for Sustainability, is at www.labor4sustainability.org

FOOTNOTES

– Vietnam war – this is a short history: libcom.org/history/articles/vietnam-war
– Montgomery bus boycott – this is a short account: libcom.org/history/more-seat-bus-danielle-mcguire
– This is an informative pamphlet about the struggles at the Lordstown plant: libcom.org/library/lordstown-struggle-ken-weller
– Jeremy and Tim Costello’s book which was the result of these interviews, Common Sense for Hard Times, is online here: libcom.org/history/common-sense-hard-times You can also purchase it here: amzn.to/2pqWNgg
– 1970 postal workers wildcat strike: libcom.org/history/national-us…1970-jeremy-brecher
– 1970 Teamsters wildcat strike: libcom.org/history/teamsters-w…1970-jeremy-brecher
– 1969 black lung strike – more info here: libcom.org/library/wildcats-ap…am-cleaver-zerowork
– 1968 Chicago transport workers wildcat strike – more info here: libcom.org/history/chicago-1968
– 1968 Memphis sanitation strike: libcom.org/history/memphis-sanitation-strike-1968
– 1973 meat boycott: more info about this in Common Sense, page 110, link above
– General Motors strike: libcom.org/history/union-manag…1970-jeremy-brecher

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This episode was edited by Emma Courtland: www.emmacourtland.com/
The music today was Black Lung by Hazel Dickens, used under Fair Use: purchase it here: amzn.to/2O3Uv4i

E09: The Industrial Workers of the World in the US, 1918-1950s

Podcast episode about the later history of the revolutionary union the Industrial Workers of the World 1918-1950s. We went to Chicago to talk to our friend Warren to learn more about this little-known period in the union’s history.

If you haven’t heard it yet, listen to our first IWW episode, episode 6, here: https://libcom.org/library/wch6-industrial-workers-world-us-1905-1918
Support this podcast on patreon here: patreon.com/workingclasshistory
This is a playlist we compiled of IWW music: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6bxcbE373VUIFoIkZqqRVM79

FOOTNOTES

Here are links to source information and further reading on the topics discussed in this episode
– Industrial Worker archive libcom.org/library/industrial-worker-newspaper
– The One Big Union Monthly archive libcom.org/library/one-big-union-monthly
– They didn’t suppress the Wobblies – Fred Thompson https://libcom.org/history/they-didnt-suppress-wobblies-fred-thompson
– Blood on the coal: Colorado strike of 1927 – Patrick Murfin https://libcom.org/history/blood-coal-colorado-strike-1927-patrick-murfin– The IWW since 1932
– George Pearce libcom.org/history/iww-1932-george-pearce
– Cleveland Metal and Machinery Workers 440 Shop Bulletins https://libcom.org/history/cleveland-metal-machinery-workers-440-shop-bulletins– Educate, Organize, Emancipate: The Work People’s College and The Industrial Workers of the World https://tcorganizer.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/educate-organize-emancipate-the-work-peoples-college-and-the-industrial-workers-of-the-world/
– 1950: report from Cleveland metalworkers union calling on the IWW to comply with Taft-Hartley
https://libcom.org/library/1950-report-cleveland-metalworkers-union-calling-iww-comply-taft-hartley

PUBLICATIONS

The Wobblies in Their Heyday: The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World During the World War I Era by Eric Chester
At the Point of Production: The Local History of the I.W.W. Edited by Joseph R. Conlin.
From Syndicalism to Trade Unionism: The IWW in Ohio, 1905-1950 by Roy T. Wortman
The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions by Roger Keeran

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Music used in the episode under Fair Use is:
– There is power in the union – Joe Glazer – buy it online here: www.amazon.com/There-Power-Union/dp/B000S3FOSW
Edited by Jesse French

E10: The GI resistance in Vietnam, part 1

During the later years of the Vietnam war, a little-known but powerful rebellion developed within the ranks of the US forces. In this two-part episode, we talk about the GI resistance to the war with Jerry Lembcke, a Vietnam army veteran, now sociologist and author, and Bart, a navy veteran about their experiences.

This article gives a good general overview of the GI resistance movement: https://libcom.org/history/1961-1973-gi-resistance-in-the-vietnam-war
Listen to part 2 here: https://libcom.org/library/e11-gi-resistance-vietnam-part-2
This is our short video history of the movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzhM9eDoM80
This is our GI resistance merchandise in our online store: https://working-class-history.myshopify.com/collections/vietnam-gi-resistance

You can get Jerry Lembcke’s books here: https://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Lembcke/e/B001HCZKCS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1533499864&sr=1-1

FOOTNOTES

– Vietnam: the collapse of the armed forces by Marine Colonel Robert D Heinl Jr: https://libcom.org/history/vietnam-collapse-armed-forces
– USS Constellation mutiny: more information about that in this article https://libcom.org/history/1961-1973-gi-resistance-in-the-vietnam-war
– USS Columbia Eagle mutiny: https://libcom.org/history/ss-columbia-eagle-mutiny-1970-steven-johns
– The class war at home: check out our episode 8 for more about class struggle in the US at the time: https://libcom.org/library/e08-vietnam-war-strike-wave
– This is a workers’ whistleblowing guide: https://libcom.org/organise/workplace/articles/whistle-blowing.php
– This is a workers’ working to rule guide: https://libcom.org/organise/workplace/articles/work-to-rule.php
– This personal account of the movement has info about “search and avoid”: https://libcom.org/history/aint-marchin-anymore-gis-revolt-vietnam-dave-blalock
– The Bravo Company mutiny: https://libcom.org/history/gi-revolts-breakdown-us-army-vietnam
– The Presidio mutiny: https://libcom.org/history/presidio-mutiny-1968-randy-rowland

MORE INFORMATION

– This is a short history of the war by Howard Zinn: https://libcom.org/history/articles/vietnam-war
– GI resistance photo gallery: https://libcom.org/gallery/gi-resistance-vietnam-war
– Check out the excellent documentary, Sir, No Sir!: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-No-Suppressed-Movement-Vietnam/dp/B000IB0DE4

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

– This episode was edited by Stephanie Hydal: www.stephaniehydal.com/portfolio/
Music and sound effects used are as follows:
– “Ain’t Going to Study War no more” by Leon Lishner and Friends – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Leon_Lishner_and_Friends/Songs_For_The_Dawn_Of_Peace/26_-_Aint_Gonna_Study_War_No_More_Down_by_the_Riverside_USA licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode
– Coming Home by Stefano Vita is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Stefano_Vita/Step_By_Step/06_-_Stefano_Vita_-_Coming_Home
– All I Survey by Robert Warrington (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Sampling Plus license – http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/RobertWarrington/39365 Creative Commons Non Commercial sampling Plus 1.0 – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/nc-sampling+/1.0/legalcode
– Sabotage by Dead Moon – licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dead_Moon/Live_at_WFMU_on_Joe_Belocks_Show_on_9272001/Sabotage
– I look for Peace by Kathy Lowe – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathy_Lowe/Above_Water/I_Look_for_Peace
– When the ants go marching (Partial) by Howie Mitchell
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Howie_Mitchell/~/16_AntsGoMarchingIn licensed under Creative Commons
– Black Magik Tyrannosaurus Dracula is licensed under a Attribution NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0
– Flare: jameswrowles – https://freesound.org/people/jameswrowles/sounds/248219/ – Creative Commons 3.0
– Humming and Strumming by Andy G. Cohen is licensed under a Attribution License – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Andy_G_Cohen/Layers_1240/Andy_G_Cohen_-_09_-_Humming_and_Strumming
– Cultural birth,death ceremony(deff, dumb, n dope . . .) by greyguy (c) copyright 2010 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license – http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/greyguy/28755 Ft: Clarence Simpson
– We will not be shipwrecked By Robert Farmer –http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Robert_Farmer/Solo_Guitar_Instrumentals/
licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
– Small by Town Hall –http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Town_Hall/Roots__Bells/Town_Hall_-_Roots__Bells_-_05_Small, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. Based on a work at http://townhall.bandcamp.com/album/roots-bells

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E11: The GI resistance in Vietnam, part 2

Concluding part of our two-part episode on the GI resistance to the Vietnam war, in conversation with Jerry Lembcke, a Vietnam army veteran, now sociologist and author.

Most further reading is linked to in the show notes of part 1.
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This article gives a good general overview of the GI resistance movement: https://libcom.org/history/1961-1973-gi-resistance-in-the-vietnam-war
This is our GI resistance merchandise in our online store: https://working-class-history.myshopify.com/collections/vietnam-gi-resistance
This is our short video history of the movement: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzhM9eDoM80
This is our playlist of Vietnam war protest music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pj9AucSc9Y&list=PL71HxBMvC6bxaaxqKun66juixXqPZFjCN
You can get Jerry Lembcke’s books here: https://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Lembcke/e/B001HCZKCS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1533499864&sr=1-1

FOOTNOTES

– Here you can get the excellent documentary, Sir, No Sir!: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-No-Suppressed-Movement-Vietnam/dp/B000IB0DE4
– This is an article Jerry wrote on the “spitting” myth: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/opinion/myth-spitting-vietnam-protester.html

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

– This episode was edited by Stephanie Hydal: www.stephaniehydal.com/portfolio/
– Music used this episode was “Ain’t Going to Study War no more” by Leon Lishner and Friends – freemusicarchive.org/music/Leon_Lis…_Riverside_USA – licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License – creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode

E12: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit

Episode about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit in the late 60s/early 70s, in conversation with Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit and former member of the group, and Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit I Do Mind Dying.

Bonus audio with Herb about Detroit’s black history available exclusively for our patreon supporters here: patreon.com/workingclasshistory
This is a short history of the League: https://libcom.org/library/league-revolutionary-black-workers

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– Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin is the definitive book on the league, available here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/458-detroit-i-do-mind-dying
– Black Detroit, by Herb Boyd is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Detroit-Peoples-History-Self-Determination/dp/0062346628
– This is an archive of content about the League: https://libcom.org/tags/league-revolutionary-black-workers
– Finally Got the News – a documentary made at the time about the group can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw2Wr-odBJg

FOOTNOTES

– Facing Reality – archive by and about them here: https://libcom.org/tags/facing-reality
– James Boggs – this is a great text by Boggs about his experiences: https://libcom.org/library/american-revolution-pages-negro-workers-notebook
– Grace Lee Boggs – archive by and about her here: https://libcom.org/tags/grace-lee-boggs
– Martin Glaberman – archive by and about him here: https://libcom.org/tags/martin-glaberman
– The 1967 Detroit rebellion – https://libcom.org/history/detroit-riot-1967
– Bristol Radical History Group – here is the video of the talk with General Baker: https://www.brh.org.uk/site/events/dagenham-drum-and-the-league-of-black-revolutionary-workers/

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

– Edited by Abbey Little
– Music used under fair use is Please Mr. Foreman by Joe Lee Carter. Buy it online here: https://www.amazon.com/Please-Mr-Foreman/dp/B06WWGLJ4B/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534344007&sr=8-1&keywords=Please+Mr.+Foreman++-+Joe+Lee+Carter+-

E13: Women in the miners’ strike

Episode about the crucial role played by women in the great miners strike in Britain, 1984-5, in conversation with Heather Wood, chair of the Easington women’s strike support group.

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This is our short video history of the miners’ strike: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOucUVz4AYw
This is a short history of Women Against Pit Closures, an umbrella group of miners’ wives and women supporting the strike: https://libcom.org/history/women-against-pit-closures-1984-5

FOOTNOTES

– Neil Kinnock – leader of the Labour Party at the time
– Tony Benn – a long-term left-wing Labour MP
– Greenham Common – a legendary women’s peace camp
– The book by local women was called The Last Coals of Spring and is currently out of print
– The 1926 general strike – this is a short history: https://libcom.org/history/articles/british-general-strike
– Battle of Orgreave – a mass picket of the Orgreave coking plant by miners was viciously attacked by huge numbers of police. Large numbers of miners were then arrested and charged with bogus crimes as a result, while the BBC was complicit by faking the sequence of events. There is a campaign for enquiry into the events here: otjc.org.uk/
– Arthur Scargill – the left-wing leader of the NUM
– Play in Manchester: Queens of the Coal Age, about a women’s occupation of a pit in 1993: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jul/05/queens-of-the-coal-age-review-maxine-peake-shines-light-on-womens-fight-for-the-mines
– Women’s banner group at the Durham Miners Gala article here: https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northdurham/16143458.First_all_women_banner_group_to_take_part_in_Durham_Miners__Gala/
– Keith Patterson’s photographs – see some referred to in this podcast here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/gallery/2010/sep/12/miners-strike-1984-85-david-peace
– Jack Dormand was the local Labour MP
– Peterloo – this was a massacre of protesting workers by British security forces in 1819, this is our episode about Peterloo: https://workingclasshistory.com/2018/11/07/e15-the-peterloo-massacre-with-mike-leigh/

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

– Speech recording courtesy of Amber Films and Can’t Beat it Alone. The full film in multiple parts can be seen at www.amber-online.com
– Intro music, and music during the podcast from the Kellingley Colliery Brass Band from www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnt1JqOJQqE
– Outro music is the Banwen miners marching band in Wales, playing during the march back to work after the end of the strike from www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGQtyj9t5BA
Edited by Jesse French

E14: The Vietnam war with Noam Chomsky

Podcast episode about the Vietnam war with Noam Chomsky, and Mrs Van, a member of the Vietnamese Women’s Union. We look at the geopolitics of the conflict and its human cost.

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This episode is part of our series on the Vietnam war. Check out the rest of the series here: soundcloud.com/workingclasshistory/sets/vietnam-war
Chomsky’s book Who Rules the World? is available now: amzn.to/2pSxHHj

FOOTNOTES
– This is a short history of Vietnam from 1945-57 by Howard Zinn: libcom.org/history/articles/vietnam-1945-57
– And this is Zinn’s short account of US involvement in the war: libcom.org/history/articles/vietnam-war
– The Vietnam War documentary series by Ken Burns can be viewed here: amzn.to/2Ekx6Iv

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
– Thanks to Vivian Rothstein for providing the recording of Mrs Van’s testimony.
– The music in this episode was also from the recording by Vivian Rothstein taken of Mrs Van and the Vietnamese Women’s Union from 1967.
– This episode was edited by Emma Courtland (www.emmacourtland.com/) and Stephanie Hydal (stephaniehydal.com/portfolio)

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E15: The Peterloo massacre with Mike Leigh

Podcast episode about the Peterloo massacre of 1819 with Mike Leigh, director of his new film, Peterloo, and Dr Jacqueline Riding, author and historical consultant on the film.

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Peterloo is out in cinemas now, so do check it out! Trailer and more info about the film here: www.peterloofilm.co.uk
This is a short history of the Peterloo massacre: libcom.org/history/history-peterloo-massacre-1819
Jacqueline’s book, Peterloo: The story of the Manchester massacre, with a foreword by Mike Leigh, is available here: amzn.to/2JJeKzP

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks to Premier Communications for audio clips used in this episode
Edited by Jesse French

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E16: Women in the early IWW

Podcast about the early history of women in the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in the United States, in conversation with Heather Mayer, author of Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the IWW in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924.

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Get Heather’s book here: amzn.to/2DqONVc
Episode 6 of our podcast gives an introduction to the IWW in the US so we recommend listening to that before this unless you are well acquainted with IWW history and terminology already.

FOOTNOTES
– Everett massacre: here is an extensive collection about these events: content.lib.washington.edu/pnwlaborweb/index.html
– Mother Jones: this is her autobiography – libcom.org/library/autobiography-mother-jones
– Lucy Parsons: this is a short biography – libcom.org/history/articles/1853-lucy-parsons
– Emma Goldman: this is a short biography – libcom.org/history/articles/1869-1940-emma-goldman
– Spokane free speech fight: this is a short history – libcom.org/history/1908-10-spo…e-free-speech-fight
– Lawrence textile strike: this is a short history – libcom.org/history/articles/la…textile-strike-1912
– Paterson: this article about Italian anarchists in Paterson covers the IWW and the silk strike: libcom.org/history/patersons-i…e-salvatore-salerno
– This is a photo gallery of women in the IWW: reuther.wayne.edu/image/tid/1941
– Immigrant girl, radical woman: a memoir from the early 20th century by Matilda Rabinowitz is a great, illustrated account of one leading IWW woman organiser. You can get it here: amzn.to/2JJOKo6

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
– Thanks to the Salt Lake Tribune for permission to use the recording of Rebel Girl, performed by Alyeah Hansen in 2015. Check out the full video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_tz3wPgLUw
And take a look at their excellent Legacy of Joe Hill homepage: local.sltrib.com/charts/joehill/landingpage.html
– Edited by Daniel Waldorf

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E17: Anti-Zionism in Israel, part 1

First of a two-part episode on a people's history of Zionism and opposition to it within Israel, in conversation with former members of Israeli socialist group Matzpen, Moshe Machover, Haim and Udi.

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MORE INFORMATION
– For more information on Matzpen, check out their website: http://www.matzpen.org/english/ or watch this documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfcFno2pqJg
– For further reading written by Matzpen co-founder, Moshe Machover, see his archive on the Matzpen site: http://www.matzpen.org/english/tag/moshe-machover/ See also other collections of Moshe’s texts on the Israeli Occupation Archive and libcom.org websites: https://www.israeli-occupation.org/tag/moshe-machover/ // https://libcom.org/tags/moshe-machover
– For a further expansion of Moshe’s discussion on the podcast regarding the resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, see his article ‘Resolution of The Israeli–Palestinian conflict: A socialist viewpoint’: http://www.matzpen.org/english/2009-02-10/resolution-of-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict-a-socialist-viewpoint-moshe-machover/
– For more texts written by Moshe’s comrade and fellow Matzpen co-founder, Akiva Orr, see the archives on the Matzpen and libcom.orgwebsites: http://www.matzpen.org/english/tag/akiva-orr/ // https://libcom.org/tags/aki-orr
– The recordings of Aki were taken from the following videos: Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – https://youtu.be/MwjKa9v6OAY
// Author and activist Akiva Orr on Israel’s wars – https://vimeo.com/19444809
– The complete archive of the English-language editions of Khamsin: Journal of Revolutionary Socialists of the Middle East can be found on libcom.org: https://libcom.org/library/khamsin-journal-revolutionary-socialists-middle-east
– For a good overview of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, we recommend Ilan Pappe’s History of Modern Palestine. We would also recommend Matzpen’s 1972 pamphlet The Other Israel: The Radical Case Against Zionism: http://www.matzpen.org/english/category/the-other-israel/ // https://libcom.org/library/other-israel-radical-case-against-zionism
– For further reading on the workers’ movement (both Arab and Jewish) in Palestine pre-1948, we would recommend Zachary Lockman’s excellent book Comrades and Enemies: Arab and Jewish Workers in Palestine, 1906-1948 (which also contains information on ‘left-wing’ or ‘workers’ Zionism and its contradictions) as well as Musa Budeiri’s Palestine Communist Party, 1919-48: Arab And Jew In The Struggle For Internationalism. Further reading on the Histadrut’s contradictory role as both union organisation and employer can be found in the relevant chapter from The Other Israel: http://www.matzpen.org/english/1972-02-10/the-histadrut-union-and-boss/
– For an overview of the 1947-49 Palestine War, commonly known as the ‘Nakba’ (‘catastrophe’ or ‘disaster’ in English), see the ‘Palestine Problem’ chapter from The Other Israel: http://www.matzpen.org/english/1972-02-10/the-palestine-problem/
– For a more in-depth look at the systematic nature of Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians during the war, see Ilan Pappe’s ‘The 1948 Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’: https://libcom.org/library/1948-ethnic-cleansing-palestine-ilan-pappe
– For more on the 1967 ‘Six Day’ War, see Moshe’s ‘The War Israel Planned’: https://www.israeli-occupation.org/2017-07-11/moshe-machover-the-war-israel-planned/
– For more on the 1982 Lebanon war, see Chomsky’s ‘History of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982’: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2003/06/23/16218181.php
– For an in-depth look at the first and second intifadas, and the significant differences between them (as well as wider history of resistance and demobilisation by the official organisations of ‘national liberation’, see Aufheben’s ‘Behind the 21st century intifada’: https://libcom.org/library/21st-century-intifada-israel-palestine-aufheben

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Edited by Louise Barry, from Audio Interference: http://interferencearchive.org/category/publications/audio/
Thanks to Max Blumenthal (https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal)for permission to use audio from video clips which are here: https://youtu.be/MwjKa9v6OAY and https://vimeo.com/19444809

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E18: Anti-Zionism in Israel, part 2

Concluding part of our two-part episode on a people’s history of Zionism and opposition to it within Israel, in conversation with former members of socialist group Matzpen: Moshe Machover, Haim and Udi.

For more information and further reading, see the show notes of part 1.
Support this podcast and get early access to episodes and other benefits here: patreon.com/workingclasshistory

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Edited by Louise Barry
Thanks to Max Blumenthal (twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal) for permission to use audio from video clips which are here: youtu.be/MwjKa9v6OAY and vimeo.com/19444809

E19: The IWW in Australia

Episode on the early history of the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union in Australia, in conversation with Paula DeAngelis. Paula is a historian and contributed to Wobblies of the World: a global history of the IWW.

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This is our playlist of early IWW music: youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7…73VUIFoIkZqqRVM79
You can buy Wobblies of the World here
Episode 6 of our podcast gives an introduction to the IWW in the US so we recommend listening to that before this unless you are well acquainted with IWW history and terminology already.

FOOTNOTES
– This is a short history of the Australian IWW: https://libcom.org/history/1914-2000-the-australian-iww-and-direct-action
– These are personal recollections of involvement in the Australian IWW: https://libcom.org/library/memoirs-i-w-w-australia-bill-beattie
– This short history of the IWW outside the US has a helpful chronology of the Australian IWW: https://libcom.org/history/brief-history-iww-outside-us-1905-1999
– This article compares gender politics between the Australian and US IWWs: https://libcom.org/history/virile-syndicalism-comparative-perspective-gender-analysis-iww-united-states-australia
– This is a short biography of Tom Barker: https://libcom.org/history/barker-tom-1887-1970

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks to Warren Fahey for permission to use his rendition of the Australian IWW song “Bump me into Parliament”: http://www.warrenfahey.com.au/
You can also stream it on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4J1ihYA2Q1etEpD2RuKPR1
This episode was edited by Louise Barry from Audio Interference: http://interferencearchive.org/category/publications/audio/

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E20: The Exotic Dancers Union

Podcast episode about the workers at the Lusty Lady strip club in San Francisco who in 1997 were the first women who managed to unionise a strip joint in the United States, and who later took it over and ran it as a workers’ co-operative.

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See the full show notes for this episode, including photographs here on the WCH website: workingclasshistory.com/2019/03/13/e20-the-exotic-dancers-union/

We have been trying to improve our podcast over the last few months, but this is really the first of our new wave of episodes which we have been devoting huge amounts of time to. We have worked on this episode for over 6 months, and are very pleased to finally be able to release it. Ultimately we will only be able to continue to devote this much time to the podcast if we get more support on patreon, so please do support us if you can. If not, we would still appreciate you sharing podcast episodes on social media, and reviewing us on Apple Podcasts.

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Pictured above are Lusty Lady workers, including Cinnamon Maxxine, left, marching on May Day 2008 in support of San Francisco dock workers.
– You can watch Live Nude Girls Unite!, a documentary about the original organising effort, free on Prime Video (or to rent/buy)
– You can read No Justice, No Piece! A working girls guide to labour organising in the sex industry, a manual put together by the Lusty Lady workers, here
– Find Antonia Crane online: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Antonia’s personal memoir, Spent

Soldiers of Pole
Cinnamon Maxxine
Old Lusty Lady website

MEDIA

Short video about the Lusty Lady co-operative:

Short video filmed with workers just before the club closed:

Short video about the Lusty closing party (thanks to Trevor Crane for permission to use audio from this clip in our episode):

MERCH
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
As always, thanks to our patreon supporters for making this podcast possible. Thanks also to the following people:
Vixen Noir, for the theme music – Lusty Lady. You can buy it here or stream it on YouTube here
Episode cover photo by Matthew Roth
Editing by Louise Barry of Audio Interference

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E21-22: The Stonewall riots and Pride at 50

Summer 2019 marks 50 years since the iconic rebellion against the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The LGBTQ patrons and locals, many of them people of colour, and most of them working class, fought back against the police in 6 days of rioting. Then they organised, revolutionising the LGBTQ rights movement, and sparking Pride.

In honour of Pride month, WCH are releasing a series of episodes about LGBTQ history. We begin with a double episode telling the story of the Stonewall rebellion, in the words of participants.

After the rebellion, participants in it, along with others, set up the Gay Liberation Front, and then organised a protest on its first anniversary, 28 June 1970, which became Pride.

Our patreon supporters can listen to both parts now, as well as a bonus episode. You can support our work and listen now at patreon.com/workingclasshistory

They are part of our new wave of episodes we are spending a lot more time on. We are doing this for all of 2019, but we will only be able to keep spending this amount of time beyond this point if we get more support from you, our listeners on patreon, so do please consider supporting us if you can. If you can’t, no problem, please just share our episodes on social media!

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WCH Crime: The Columbia Eagle mutiny

Working Class History are delighted to be launching the first season of our new occasional podcast, WCH Crime, where true crime meets the struggle for a better world. Our first series is about the Columbia Eagle mutiny in 1970, perhaps the most spectacular act of resistance to the Vietnam war, when two sailors hijacked their ship transporting thousands of tonnes of napalm for US forces, and sailed it to Cambodia. But they never could have predicted what would happen next...

WCH Crime will feature cases where people have faced criminal charges for their beliefs or political activities, and will look at cases where people have been framed or even killed by the state. It will be in the same feed as the regular Working Class History podcast. To subscribe, find us on your favourite podcast app or follow the hyperlinks at the bottom of this page.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 2.1: bonus episode here for our $5+ patreon supporters

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 4.1: bonus episode here for our $5+ patreon supporters

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Pictured above are the two mutineers: Alvin Glatkowski, left, and Clyde McKay, right, superimposed on the ship.

We speak to Al about his experiences, in addition to Vietnam war-era sailor and historian Roberto Loiederman.

We have been working on this miniseries for almost a year, and have put in so many hours we lost count some time ago. We are taking time out from our day jobs through 2019 to devote more time to WCH and podcast, but this will only be sustainable in the longer term if we get more support from our listeners on patreon. So if you appreciate what we do, and if you can afford it, please consider supporting us. If you can’t afford it, no problem, please just give us a review on your podcast app, and share episodes on social media.

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The SS Columbia Eagle, c1970 | Image courtesy of The Eagle Mutiny by Richard Linnett and Roberto Loiederman


Alvin Glatkowski surrendering, 1971 | Image courtesy of The Eagle Mutiny

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Clyde McKay in Cambodia, 1970 | Image courtesy of The Eagle Mutiny

 

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Larry Humphrey in Cambodia, c1970 | Image courtesy of The Eagle Mutiny

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US military investigators aboard the Columbia Eagle, 1970 | Image courtesy of The Eagle Mutiny

 

 

Alvin Clyde prison ship
Clyde, left and Al, right, in Cambodia in front of their prison ship, 1970 | Image courtesy of The Eagle Mutiny

News footage of the captain and the ship after the mutiny

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Al, 2018

For a detailed history of the events, we recommend the book The Eagle Mutiny, by Roberto Loiederman and Richard Linnett.

To find out more about different aspects of the Vietnam war check out the other WCH podcast episodes in our Vietnam war series:

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CORRECTION
Part 1: We erroneously say that Al was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Al was born in the military base at Ford Gorgon in Georgia. He later moved to Norfolk for his high school years.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
These episodes were written by WCH and Daniel Woldorff
Editing by Daniel Woldorff
Music composed by Austin Coulson: https://www.mixcloud.com/tsonazores/
Outro episode for episode 3 is Deep Water by the RJ Phillips Band. Stream it here: https://soundcloud.com/hillipsand/deep-water

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