Saturday, June 3, noon-1:50PM: Left Forum 2017: New York City, Room: 1.127, John Jay College, 899 10th Ave. between West 58th and 59th
In August 1917, impoverished tenant farmers and sharecroppers in several eastern and southern Oklahoma counties took up arms to stop military conscription and U.S. entry into the war in Europe, with the express aspiration of overthrowing the U.S. government and establishing a socialist commonwealth. Organized in their own “Working Class Union” (WCU), white, Indian, and black at the height of Jim Crow, they believed that millions of armed working people across the country would march with them to take Washington. This little known “Green Corn Rebellion” paralleled the Bolshevik Revolution, had links with Mexican revolutionaries, and holds an important lesson for building anti-capitalist multiracial coalitions and alliances in the United States. This was an inspiring uprising in the Left tradition, and we should honor our forebears.
https://monthlyreview.org/2010/11/01/dreams-of-revolution-oklahoma-1917/ http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03066150.2016.1195375 http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/13/books/history-out-of-chaos.html?pagewanted=all