“The American Blindspot”: Reconstruction According to Eric Foner and W.E.B. Du Bois

By Noel Ignatiev. Introduction: We are republishing Noel Ignatiev’s 1993 essay comparing two different accounts of the Reconstruction era in the U.S. following the Civil War: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America (1935) and Eric Foner’s Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution (1988). Discourse about Reconstruction has taken a renewed significance in the present day, particularly … More

The Korean War: A United People’s War Against Imperialism

By Do Hyun Byun. Presentation given on March 12, 2022 at Korea, Vietnam, and Afro-America: Our Shared Struggle for Peace & Democracy, organized by VietLaoKhmer and the Bandung Reading Group. James Baldwin writes on history: “For history, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to read. And it does not refer … More

A Call — Commemorating 75 Years of Indian Independence

We are republishing the Call for the Year of the Indian Freedom Struggle in Philadelphia, a year-long celebration of the Indian Freedom Struggle and its deep connections to Black America, organized by members of the Saturday Free School. As part of this effort, the Azadi Reading Collective will meet to read and discuss several important … More

Why Vietnamese Americans Must Abandon the Refugee Identity

By Brandon Do. Presentation given on March 12, 2022 at Korea, Vietnam, and Afro-America: Our Shared Struggle for Peace & Democracy, organized by the VietLaoKhmer and Bandung reading groups. Part I. Why the Refugee Identity? In 1975, the revolutionary forces of Vietnam, with the support of the Vietnamese people and the progressive peoples of the … More

America’s Essence: Winston, King and Our Democratic Struggle for Peace

By Emile Paulmier. Presentation given November 6th, 2021 at the symposium “Strategy for Freedom: The Life and Vision of Henry Winston,” organized by the Saturday Free School The ruling narrative in America today is that the essence of democracy is individual freedom from any social responsibilities. Civil rights means the ability to put one’s own … More

Defending and Building Positive Peace: The Legacy of Romesh Chandra

By Purba Chatterjee. Presentation given November 6th, 2021 at the symposium “Strategy for Freedom: The Life and Vision of Henry Winston,” organized by the Saturday Free School In 1904, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote in his Credo to Darkwater: “I believe in the Prince of Peace. I believe that War is Murder. I believe … More

Henry Winston: His Vision for Freedom and Hope in Our Time

​We are republishing the Call of the Saturday Free School’s conference, Strategy for Freedom: The Life and Vision of Henry Winston, hosted at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia on November 5–7, 2021. Event details can be found on the conference website; each day of the conference will be live-streamed on Facebook. Donations can be made on GoFundMe to support … More

Paul Robeson: American Patriot Against American Empire

By Jeremiah Kim. At a time when domestic repression is increasing and threats of war with China are escalating, the American people today need principled examples of how to move forward toward freedom and peace. The great artist and freedom fighter Paul Robeson provides one such example. In stark contrast to the smug anti-Americanism of … More

The Revolutionary Science of W.E.B Du Bois and D. D. Kosambi

By Archishman Raju. In 1949, the Indian scientist D. D. Kosambi visited the United States for a conference on peace, commenting “I saw that American scientists and intellectuals were greatly worried about the question of scientific freedom, meaning thereby freedom for the scientist to do what he liked while being paid by big business, war … More

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