Rural Proletarian Revolutions, Oklahoma and Mexico, 1917: Capitalism, Environmental Disaster, and Why the Land Question Remains Relevant
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
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
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California State University
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography:
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, child of a sharecropper father and part Indian mother. She is author of the memoir, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. Her most recent book is An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name:
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Hannah Holleman is an activist, assistant professor of sociology at Amherst College, MA, and a frequent contributor to Monthly Review magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications on subjects including imperialism and colonialism, political economy, ecology, ecological justice, feminism, advertising and propaganda, financialization, mass incarceration, and social theory.
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University of Houston, History Department
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Dr. Hart is a professor of History at University of Houston and one of the nation’s foremost scholars of the Mexican Revolution. For more than 40 years, Hart has explored multiple aspects of the Mexican Revolution, the influence of the United States in Mexico, Mexican and Mexican American Labor, and the Mexican rural working classes. He is author of six books, including Revolutionary Mexico: The Coming and Process of the Mexican Revolution.
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California State University
Left Forum and LA Progressive