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may day: wet dynamite eventually dries

What the theorists of May Day revolution had failed to take into account were the traditional and only partly conscious associations of the date itself. For centuries it had been a particularly relaxed popular holiday, given over to joyous singing, … Continue reading

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1919 & hysteria: who stole my underwear?

Workers of the world, you have nothing to lose but your daisy chains. In 1889 a congress of socialists in France, inspired by Samuel Gompers in America, fixed May¬† 1,as the day to pattern an international program of agitation. The … Continue reading

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