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This Week in People’s History, Feb 27-Mar 4

United Auto Workers sit-down strikers in 1937
A Big Loss for Labor (in 1939), Legal Lynching is Still Lynching (1919), Women Hold Up Half the Sky (1864), Nuclear Test Disaster (1954), Disability Inclusion's Ancient Roots (1829), This is Freedom of the Press? (1919), Science, What Is It Good For?

It Was Never a Civil War

The threat posed by Trump and the MAGA movement, like the Confederate States, is not “conservative” or even “extremist” but criminally anti-democratic.

Self-Immolation Protester for 'Free Palestine' Dies

"Many of us like to ask ourselves, 'What would I do if I was alive during slavery? Or the Jim Crow South? Or apartheid? What would I do if my country was committing genocide?' The answer is, you're doing it."

Black Students Join Gaza War Protest

At a Feb. 19 pro-Palestine rally in Cambridge, a crowd of supporters held up signs and waved Palestinian flags. At one point, a chant of “No justice. No peace” erupted, the same calls heard during Black Lives Matter gatherings.

The Most Important, Understudied Battle of Civil War

Edda L. Fields-Black sets out to restore the Combahee River Raid to its proper place in Tubman’s life and in the war on slavery.

On the Run: How Einstein Hid From Nazis

The physicist’s refuge from assassins on a British heath changed the course of history, as a new docudrama shows

The National Fight for Rent Control

Rent control is back from the dead with a vengeance, with serious organizing campaigns underway in at least 15 states.

Only One Way for Biden To “Restore Roe”

If the president truly wants to protect reproductive rights, he’s going to have to do what he’s so far refused even to consider: expand the Supreme Court.

Fragile Juggernaut: What Was the CIO?

What is there to learn from the history of industrial workers’ struggles in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s?

The Endless Journey of “Blowin’ in the Wind”

In celebration of Black History Month, we’re tracing the origins of Bob Dylan’s reverent and timeless Civil Rights anthem “Blowin’ in the Wind”
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Culture

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Dior and Chanel Square Off in the Messy the New Look

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Largely set in occupied France during World War II, the new Apple TV+ series The New Look zeroes in on Christian Dior’s rivalry with Coco Chanel — but it falls flat when it tries to handle Chanel’s infamous Nazi sympathies.

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Philip C. Kolin White Terror Black Trauma
Mississippi poet Philip Kolin traces the history of enslavement since 1619, this extract from his new book White Terror, Black Trauma (Third World Press).

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Strangely Lenin

Paul Buhle Portside
This may be the funniest book about Lenin ever published, a generalization difficult to prove because there have been thousands of books about Lenin in hundreds of languages.

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Restaurant Menus Are Designed To Trick You Into Spending More Money

Mackenzie Filson Women's Health Magazine
Restaurant menus, from fancy sit-down places to fast food restaurants and even take-outs, are full of tricks to increase sales. But once you notice the visual elements that make up a menu, you'll never be able to unsee them

Labor

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The Auto Workers Go All In

Harold Meyerson The American Prospect
By devoting $40 million to its campaign to organize non-union auto plants, the UAW is challenging not just corporate America but also labor’s status quo.

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No Union Democracy, No Union Revitalization

Chris Bohner Jacobin
Union democracy shouldn’t be seen as an abstract good separate from more important strategic considerations about rebuilding labor. Without democratizing labor, we can’t rebuild labor.

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The 2023 UAW Strike: A Turning Point in Labor History?

Nelson Lichtenstein New Labor Forum
Should the UAW's southern organizing drive succeed, then its 2023 work stoppage will stand with the great strikes of 1937 and 1946 as a social and political achievement of epic proportions.

Friday nite video

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Supreme Court Ethics | John Oliver

It's really legal!!! John Oliver offers Clarence Thomas $1 million a year for life if he'll resign from the Supreme Court.

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American Fiction | Movie

Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. His outlandish “Black” book propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and madness.

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Gaza

Demand a ceasefire and an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. Video by Historians for Peace and Democracy's Israel Palestine Working Group.