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The ABCs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know
Magdoff, Fred; Yates, Michael D.
Rich, powerful people created the economic crisis of 2008-09, while hundreds of millions of working people suffer the consequences -- lost homes, lost jobs, rising insecurity, and falling living stand...
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
Asia: Realities of "Recovery": Against The Current vol. 83
Why are we still talking about the Asian crisis? In recent months we have heard government policy-makers, economists, business journalists, financial analysts, IMF technocrats, big business and even s...
Brother Max: Labour Organizer and Educator
Swerdlow, Max; Kealey, Gregory S.
Max Swerdlow outlines his work beginning in Depression-era Winnipeg, leading to his involvement with the International Labour Organization.
Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America: Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil
Frank, Andre Gunder
The four essays in this book offer a sweeping reinterpretation of Latin American history as an aspect of the world-wide spread of capitalism in its commercial and industrial phases.
Century of Progress
WFPL documentary film that criticizes society's direction in the early decades of the 20th century.
Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life
Jacobs argues that virtually all economic life, no matter how geographically remote from cities, depends on cities to maintain it or change it.
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
Connexions: Volume 8, Number 2 - Summer 1983 - Toward a New Economy
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Connexions Digest: Issue 53 - January 1991- A Social Change Sourcebook
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Debt Bondage Or Self-Reliance: A Popular Perspective on the Global Debt Crisis
Describes the effects of international debt on workers, the unemployed, and peasants who neither asked for or benefit from such debt. It describes the growing number of people's movements in Canada an...
Detroit's Foreclosure Disaster
In early 2015 the Wayne County Treasurer's office announced that 62,000 Detroit properties were slated for foreclosure, with probably 38,000 occupied. This could result in the displacement of as many ...
Ewing, Heidi; Grady, Rachel
A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.
Devastating Crisis Unfolds: Against The Current vol. 132
Bob Brenner, for the ATC editors. The current crisis could well turn out to be the most devastating since the Great Depression. It manifests profound, unresolved problems in the real economy that have...
Don't socialize the losses - take the whole thing!: Socialize all of finance under democratic control!
A demand that a few weeks ago would have seemed leftist utopianism is now entirely reasonable and indeed the only practical solution. If ALL the financial institutions- banks, insurance companies, sav...
Down and Out in Paris and London
Life near the bottom in France and England in the early 1930s.
The East York Workers' Association: A Response to the Great Depression
Schulz, Patricia V.
An account of the activity of relief recipients in the township of East York, an eastern suburb of Toronto, in the 1930s.
East York Workers' Association: Connexipedia article
The East York Workers' Association (EYWA) was an unemployment movement that developed during the Great Depression in the township of East York, Ontario.
For a Workers Recovery Plan - The Causes and Cures of a New Great Depression
Economics is now not just for the experts. If anything is clear from the panic that started in mid- September, 2008, it is that workers must understand the economy. For clearly the 'experts' have no i...
The Great Depression
Bailen, Maurice; Freitag, John
WFPL docudrama with a silent narrative of one man's struggle and despair in search of a job in Depression-era Chicago.
How the World Depression Hits Orissa
The recession in the West is having a profound impact on the deep rural interior of Orissa.
Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy
In Killing the Host, economist Michael Hudson exposes how finance, insurance, and real estate (the FIRE sector) have seized control of the global economy at the expense of industrial capitalism and go...
Pashalidou, Nina Maria; Katsaounis, Nikos
By 2010, Greece was in an economic crisis and the society and people were shown to be deeply affected by the country's state.
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
LIVING IN THE U.X.A.
At the height of the Great Depression, a group of unemployed Oakland workers decided to take matters into their own hands. The system wasn't working, so they set up their own system. Money was nearly ...
A Marxist History of the World part 61: The Long Depression, 1873-1896
Neil Faulkner writes about the The Long Depression – an unprecedented economic slump which started the countdown to the First World War.
A Marxist History of the World part 82: The Hungry Thirties
Beginning with the Wall Street Crash in 1929, the world economy entered the Great Depression. The misguided policies that world leaders pursued ensured that millions of lives were torn apart.
Memories of the Depression
Daily life experiences during the Great Depression.
My Past is Now: Further Memoirs of a Labour Lawyer
Stanton, John; Palmer, Bryan D.
This account begins with Stanton's childhood, leading to cases such as his defence of Fergus McKean, and a Cold War libel suit in BC.
Pamplona's locksmiths join revolt as banks throw families from their homes
Muñoz, Monica; Tremlett, Giles
In the years of the housing boom, Spain's banks offered 100% mortgages. Now, while receiving millions in public aid, they are throwing people out of their homes. But there's a rebellion under way.
PBS's Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 commemorates Michigan's bitter labor past
One hundred years ago, a major strike by copper miners was continuing in the Keweenaw Peninsula, which protrudes into Lake Superior in northern Michigan. In the middle of the months-long battle agains...
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
A collection of essays by Dwight Macdonald.
Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
Endicott, Stephen L.
A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
The Socialist Register 1979: Volume 16: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A series of essays on the state of the global economy.
Strike!: The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present
A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
The Sub-Prime Market Crisis: Against The Current vol. 131
It wasn't until I flew to the United Kingdom on Saturday, September 15th, that the globalized nature of the sub-prime contagion really hit home, as it were, for me. On my flight over, I grabbed a copy...
The Swastika and the Maple Leaf: Fascist Movements in Canada in the Thirities
Betcherman, Lita Rose
Betcherman deals with Adrien Arcand and other leading Canadian fascists of the 1930s, as well as Swastika Clubs, and fascist movements in the west.
Ten Lost Years 1929 - 1939: Memories of Canadians Who Survived the Depression
An oral history of the Great Depression in Canada.
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Palmer, Bryan D.; Heroux, Gaetan
Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food an...
25 Years After the Gdansk Uprising: Against The Current vol. 121
Suzi Weissman interviews David Ost. The occupation of the Gdansk shipyard by Polish workers in 1980, demanding recognition of their independent trade union Solidarnosc, rocked the Eastern bloc and ins...
The Unfolding Epic Recession: Against The Current vol. 147
The Department of Labor’s June 4 release of May 2010 U.S. employment numbers sent shock waves through the business community, erasing all doubt that U.S. economic recovery — much touted by business pr...
A Very Ordinary Life
The story of one woman's life in the context of a dazzling and brutal century, encompassing the rise of fascism, the great depression, emigration, war, and above all, a likfe of work -- in mining and ...
The Wealthy Banker's Wife: The Assault on Equality in Canada
Sources Experts & Spokespersons
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Depicts life in the Toronto neighbourhood of Cabbagetown during the Depression.
Ten Lost Years discovery of superb social history
Book Review of Ten Lost Years by Barry Broadfoot
Barry Broadfoot's book consists almost entirely of excerpts from interviews he conducted with people who remember the Depression. The people speak for themselves: Broadfoot has edited them and organis...