First published OTD in 1906, Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’. Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the harsh conditions & exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago & similar industrialized cities. Perhaps his main goal in exposing the meat industry & working conditions was to advance socialism in the United States; however, most readers were more concerned with his exposure of health violations & unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, greatly contributing to a public outcry which led to reforms including the Meat Inspection Act. Sinclair famously said of the public reaction, “I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”

The book depicts working class poverty, the lack of social supports, harsh and unpleasant living and working conditions, and a … More

Born OTD in 1923, the late great Harry Leslie Smith. Harry was an English writer and political commentator. He grew up in poverty in Yorkshire, served in the Royal Air Force in World War II, & emigrated to Canada in 1953. After retiring, Smith wrote his memoirs, and about the social history of Great Britain in the 20th century.

A survivor of the Great Depression, a Second World War veteran, a lifelong Labour supporter and a proud Yorkshire man, … More

A graphic biography of socialist labor legend Eugene V. Debs. Debs led the Socialist Party in the early 20th-century to federal and state office across the country, helped to pioneer a fighting union politics that organized all workers, & became the beloved figurehead of American radicalism. Imprisoned for speaking out against World War I, Debs ran for president from prison, receiving over 1 million votes. Debs’s story is the story of labor battles in industrializing America, of a socialist politics grown directly out of the American Midwest heartland, and of a distinctly American vision of socialism.

With the campaign of Bernie Sanders, the rise of mass movements like Occupy and Black Lives Matter, and the Wall … More

Born OTD in 1901, Cyril Lionel Robert James, was a Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist & widely known as a writer on cricket. His works are influential in various theoretical, social, and historiographical contexts. His work is a staple of subaltern studies, and he figures as a pioneering and influential voice in postcolonial literature.

C.L.R. James is one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable individuals. As the author of the influential book The Black … More

A rare book which provides insight about Tressell from a biographical point of view. Reveals more about the dramatic rescue of the church-mural now in the Hastings Museum. A man known for his humanity, this honest account seeks to dispel the confusion about Tressell’s life. There are many stories surrounding Robert Tressell, the Irish writer best known for his one & only novel, The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, which captured the minds of thousands. A man surrounded by political propaganda and rumours, this memoir seeks to dispel the fabrications & get to the truth about Tressell, a man known for his humanity. The memoir was inspired by Tressell’s daughter, Kathleen, a remarkable lady who turned up after being `dead’ for so many years.

It reveals more about her unconventional life, even exploring her interest in psychoanalysis. Amusing and at times tragic, this personal … More

Haraway’s `A Cyborg Manifesto’ is a key postmodern text and is widely taught in many disciplines as one of the first texts to embrace technology from a leftist and feminist perspective using the metaphor of the cyborg to champion socialist, postmodern, and anti-identitarian politics.

Until Haraway’s work, few feminists had turned to theorizing science and technology and thus her work quite literally changed the … More

OTD in 1945, there was an unexpected landslide victory for the Labour Party. The result of the election came as a major shock to the Tories given the heroic status of Churchill, but reflected the voters’ belief that the Labour Party were better able to rebuild the country following the war than the Tories.

For over a hundred years, the British Labour Party has been a bastion for working class organisation and struggle. However, … More

Connolly was a peerless organizer, sharp polemicist, & highly original thinker. His positions on the relationship between national liberation & socialism, revolution in colonized & under developed economies, & women’s liberation in particular were often decades ahead of their time.

“James Connolly was an uncompromising fighter for Irish freedom and a socialist for all the world. He lived in tumultuous … More