In the 19th century even the poorest members of society tried to have a set of smart clothes which they kept for ‘Sunday best’, usually to wear to church. Many of these lower classes lived in cramped, overcrowded conditions and had no safe place to store such special items. It was common practice for people in this situation to pawn their Sunday best clothes on Monday morning and then redeem the pledge to retrieve them on Saturday. This process would be repeated every week. Many pawnbrokers in London had storage space set aside purely for this purpose.
On this day, 10 October 1971 at 11 AM, the men of Bravo Company, 1/12, First Cavalry Division of the US Army by the Cambodian border declared a private unofficial ceasefire with the North Vietnamese. The move was following a mutiny shortly before where six men refused to go on a dangerous mission, and were now facing court martial. A petition was circulated in support of the mutineers and was signed by two thirds of the company. The petition was leaked to the French press via a journalist and the army dropped the court martials and shipped out Bravo Company to safety, replacing them with Delta Company. A few days later 20 men in Delta Company refused to head out, and the army pulled them out and the artillery company they were supporting, abandoning the position. This is a great account of this and another rebellion of troops during the Vietnam war: https://libcom.org/history/gi-revolts-breakdown-us-army-vietnam And episodes 10 and 11 of our podcast are about the GI resistance, find it here or your favourite podcast app by searching “working class history”: https://workingclasshistory.com/2018/08/06/e10-the-gi-resistance-in-vietnam-part-1/
Pictured: Bravo Company members signing the petition https://www.facebook.com/workingclasshistory/photos/a.296224173896073/1231712067013941/?type=3
why are these kids just out here in their prom pics looking like the personified embodiment of capitalism and america that youd see in an old soviet propaganda poster
i can tell you right now that these are rich people. it’s not the hot tub in the background. it’s not even the money suit. it’s the fact that both girls are dressed and styled like women in their 40s. seriously, i have two cousins who are rich as hell and this is how they dress. ive seen pictures of groups of them flocked together, usually somewhere with a golf course in the background, every last one of them dressed exactly like their mothers. i dont know why. but i can tell you right now with absolute certainty these girls went to a debutante ball and have had their own horse since they were 10. they named it trudy or something. i know all this because those girls are about to leave the house looking like the desperate housewives and nobody sees anything wrong with that
I purchased my first horse as a child with birthday funds, lets save all that salt for fries honey.
“i purchased my first horse as a child with birthday funds”
“my first horse”
On this day, 22 September 1934, the US Union of Textile Workers ordered its striking members to return to work, despite the employers effectively conceding nothing. Over 420,000 workers had downed tools since July against an enforced reduction in hours, and 13 were killed by state repression in the South alone. This excellent book tells the story of the strike: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/books/products/strike-jeremy-brecher https://www.facebook.com/workingclasshistory/photos/a.296224173896073/1216803828504765/?type=3
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it’s morally wrong that the U.S. hands tax cuts to the wealthy, while housing cuts leave kids with lead poisoning and apartments flooded with sewage. That lady shows why she was elected.
We do need an international leader with morals. That’s why we need to support Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Go vote this time!
Cruelty is the point.