Monday, June 18, 2012

Booklet review: History of May Day

History of May Day
by Alexander Trachtenberg
30 pages / $3

Very little has changed in terms of the working person in our culture between 1812 and 2012. We are still being underpaid, people are working multiple jobs and long hours to survive (if you can find a job at all), many people have no health care insurance, etc. “Union” has been branded a dirty word by capitalists and conservatives (i.e. business owners) in our culture.

Last Word Press has reissued this booklet which was originally published in 1929 with subsequent editions. Knowing our history is essential for our learning curve & this booklet delves into the history of the labor movement and its relation to May Day, a call for solidarity, strike, and mutual aid. Highly recommended. 

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