1871: The Paris Commune: Workers' Liberty 3/39

1871: the Paris Commune (WL 3/39)

1871: The Paris Commune, by Max Shachtman In Memory Of The Commune, by V I Lenin Click here to download as a pdf. Buy online: £1.70 including postage.

1871: the Paris Commune

The following account was written by Max Shachtman for the then-revolutionary US Communist Party’s “Little Red Library” in the early 1920's. “This history... is due to their children, to all the working men of the earth. The child has the right to know the reason of its paternal defeats, the Socialist party, the campaign of its flag in all countries. He who tells the people revolutionary legends, he who amuses them with sensational stories, is as criminal as the geographer who would draw up false charts for navigation.” Prosper Olivier Lissagaray, a participant in and historian of the Paris...

In memory of the Commune

Forty years have passed since the proclamation of the Paris Commune. In accordance with tradition, the French workers paid homage to the memory of the men and women of the revolution of March 18, 1871, by meetings and demonstrations. At the end of May they will again place wreaths on the graves of the Communards who were shot, the victims of the terrible “May Week”, and over their graves they will once more vow to fight untiringly until their ideas have triumphed and the cause they bequeathed has been fully achieved. Why does the proletariat, not only in France but through out the entire world...

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