Radical Tea Towel US Blog

Women's History in the Wider Progressive Movement

Posted by Pete on Mar 20th 2019

In a Radical Tea Towel email earlier this month, I wrote about how International Women’s Day (8th March) originated in the European socialist movement. But it’s important to stress that t … read more

The St Patrick's Battalion

Posted by Pete on Mar 17th 2019

New York and Dublin are both well-known for their Paddy’s Day celebrations – less so Mexico City. But el Día de San Patricio is a big day in the Mexican calendar as well. The … read more

The Radical Life of Harriet Tubman

Posted by Pete on Mar 11th 2019

Back in 2012, "Django Unchained" shook up the film world as Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece. The film's central figure, Django (depicted memorably by Jamie Foxx) escapes his enslavement … read more

John Steinbeck's Mirror At The Heart Of Depression-Era America

Posted by Pete on Feb 27th 2019

In the California heat of August 1939, the officers of the Kern County Board of Supervisors banned a new book from the public schools and libraries under their jurisdiction.Despite the book being a na … read more

The Man Who Made Abraham Lincoln

Posted by Pete on Feb 14th 2019

On a brisk April morning in 1876, spectators gathered in Washington DC's Capitol Hill district for the unveiling of the new Emancipation Memorial. It had been a decade since the end of the Ame … read more