Today, 30 July, anniversary of the first recorded strike in North American history, we are launching a new working class history page on Facebook to celebrate our history: people’s history.
History is not made by the actions of a few rich and powerful individuals, kings and queens and politicians, like so much of the history we learn in school.
History is made by the combined everyday actions of hundreds of millions of us: women, men, youth, people of colour, migrants, indigenous people, LGBT people, disabled people, workers, the unemployed, housewives – the working class.
It is our struggles which have shaped our world, and any improvement in our conditions has been won by years of (sometimes violent) conflict and sacrifice.
On this day in 1766, silver miners in Real Del Monte, Mexico, went on strike against a 25% pay cut. They faced down repression from the bosses’ private army and held out until September, when the employers caved in.
Facebook.com/workingclasshistory is dedicated to all those – like the Real Del Monte miners – who have struggled in the past for a better world, and who continue to do so now. To help record and popularise our grassroots, people’s history, as opposed to the top-down accounts of most history books.
Mostly we will post On This Day in History… content. We know that Facebook has its problems, however one thing which can’t be denied is its ability to share information virally, and to reach people who might otherwise never see a radical pamphlet, book or newspaper.
So please get involved: Like our page, Like and share our content, and invite any of your friends who may be interested to Like the page as well.
This page has been founded by a group of people involved in libcom.org – a resource for discontented workers, which contains libcom.org/history, possibly the internet’s biggest archive of specifically working class and people’s history.
We need people to help us so please contact us or let us know in the comments below if you are interested.