News of the Spanish Revolution
Published by the Kate Sharpley Library in 2012, 86 pages. A5 size booklet (N4668)
This booklet contains seven articles published in 'One Big Union Monthly', a journal of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) between July, 1937 to February 1938, in addition to two later pieces on the experiences of participants during the conflict.
From the rear side cover: In 1936, when the Spanish Revolution began, the IWW were inspired by the part played by the anarchist-led Spanish labor union confederation, the CNT, and the endeavor to create a self-governing egalitarian society. From the IWW’s critical understanding of the danger posed by the authoritarian left, including the Communist parties of the world and the government of the Soviet Union, they were on their guard against the behavior of these groups in Spain.
The IWW press published articles about the Spanish situation, offering alternative perspectives not available in either the Communist or liberal press. The collection in this booklet contains some of these articles, offering a sample of what English-speaking anti-authoritarians could read about the Spanish Revolution in the late 1930s.
In addition, the pamphlet contains two articles published later about participants’ experiences. One is by Russell Blackwell, who became an anarcho-syndicalist as a result of his experiences in Spain. The final article is about Federico Arcos, a Spanish anarchist veteran of the revolution, and it provides a glimpse into what the anarchists of Spain experienced.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are cleam, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.