Histories

triangle-fireNew Centrist remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in Greenwich Village, whose 98th anniversary it is.

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History is Made at Night has a wonderful post on Tina Modotti, joining “the dots between different radical and cultural scenes in the first half of the twentieth century”. Deals with the tension between her entanglements in Stalinism and the beauty of her photography. Extract:

She joined the Communist Party, and like many radicals of her generation was compromised by her links to Stalinist terror, particularly during the Spanish Revolution/Civil War where she worked alongside her lover Vittorio Vidali, a notorious henchman implicated in the death of many Poumistas, trotskyists and anarchists (including Alberto Besouchet, the first Brazilian to join the International Brigades, who disappeared after being denounced for Trotskyist sympathies – the evidence against him including an association with the Brazilian singer Elsie Houston, ex-wife of the surrealist Benjamin Peret who we have mentioned here before).
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On A Raised Beach: Not Many People Know That…


Joe Hill was, it appears, something of a dab hand at cooking Chinese meals and using chopsticks. In fact, there’s a whole chapter in Franklin Rosemont’s study Joe Hill, the IWW and the Making of a Revolutionary Working Class Counter-Culture, on what might be called the Chinese restaurant factor. This was at a time when America was in the grip of ‘Yellow Peril’ racism, none more so than that emanating from what the Wobs called the American Fakeration of Labour.

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  1. Thanks for the link. Always appreciated.

    “This was at a time when America was in the grip of ‘Yellow Peril’ racism, none more so than that emanating from what the Wobs called the American Fakeration of Labour.”

    It was acute on the West Coast of the U.S. where most of the Chinese in the U.S. lived at that time. Unions in California and especially San Francisco created and disseminated a lot of anti-Chinese pamphlets and other propaganda. Cigar makers were especially active in this regard.

  2. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  3. I liked the pic of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Good job. I used it for my project. Thanks…

  4. this could have been prevented

  5. well no it couldn’t have they were locked in the room so couldn’t have beebn prevented in such a nasty building

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