The 1890 Players’ League

Boston Reds of the 1890's Players' LeagueIt’s Spring again and that means baseball season is underway.  One may ask why Socialist Appeal is writing an article on such a topic. In fact, many leftists in the U.S. and around the world take a rather disdainful attitude towards sports.  The fact is that sports are an intimate part of the life and culture of the working class, despite the way that commercialism, mass marketing, high salaries, unaffordable ticket prices, and patriotic half-time shows and seventh inning stretches have perverted the “love of the game.” The history of the 1890 Players' League offers many lessons for both sports fans and labor activists alike.

Underground Comics Writer Harvey Pekar Has Died

 Comic book author and perpetual curmudgeon Harvey Pekar has passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70. Pekar was the creator of American Splendor comics, which was a chronicle of his own Polish Jewish working class roots in the city of Cleveland, as well as a graphic witness to the everyday experience of the urban laborer.

Ten Years Since the September 11 Attacks

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. We are reproducing a number of articles on the attacks of 9/11 and the "War on Terror" from Socialist Appeal and from Marxist.com, including the latest article from Alan Woods, "Ten years after 9/11 - How the world has changed."  A whole generation has now come of age in a decade marked by these events and their aftermath.  It is crucial that we draw the correct political lessons.

Shays’ Rebellion and the American Revolution

Daniel ShaysThe American Revolution shook up the entire world...the thirteen British colonies that would become the United States of America, fought and won against the most powerful imperial power on the planet. In the years following the American victory over the British, the hopes of the masses were betrayed. As a result, there were many popular movements and uprisings...But none had as big an impact on the psychology of the ruling class and the future structure of the U.S. government as Shays’ Rebellion of 1786-87, which some have called “The American Revolution’s Final Battle.”

A Brief History of the MN Farmer-Labor Party

Minnesota Farmer Labor PartyMinnesota’s Farmer-Labor Party was the most successful labor party in United States history. Starting in 1918, it was a labor party in the true sense, not just a “pro-labor” party. It was a political federation of labor unions. The Minnesota Farmer-Labor Association, a grouping of associated unions and farmers, provided the organic connection between labor and the party. Before the party merged with the Democrats in 1944, they had elected three governors, four U.S. Senators, and eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives.