August 1921: The Battle of Blair Mountain – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 394

Description: One hundred years ago this week, the Battle of Blair Mountain was in full swing in West Virginia as thousands of heavily armed union miners fought dug-in pro-owner militias. Bill and Rachel examine.

Links and notes for Ep. 394 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/AFD-Ep-394-Links-and-Notes-August-1921-Centennial-Battle-of-Blair-Mountain.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

July 2021 – Sacco and Vanzetti Conviction Centennial – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 388

Description: One hundred years ago this week, Sacco and Vanzetti were unjustly convicted on first-degree murder charges in Massachusetts. We discuss the centennial and re-air part of a 2019 episode exploring the misunderstood context of Italian-American anarchism in 1921.

Links and notes (Ep. 388): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AFD-Ep-388-Links-and-Notes-Sacco-Vanzetti-2nd-Conviction-Centennial.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

July 4, 2021 – Albuquerque Rebellion of June 1971 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 386

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss the 50th anniversary of the Albuquerque Rebellion of June 1971, what led up to it, and what has not changed since then with local policing.

Links and notes for Ep. 386 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AFD-Ep-386-Links-and-Notes-June-1971-50th-Anniversary-of-the-Albuquerque-Rebellion.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

June 20, 2021 – The New Orleans General Strike of 1892 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 384

Description: Bill and Rachel are joined by Justin in New Orleans to talk about the 1892 cross-racial general strike that was so successful that the media and some historians waged a decades-long campaign to paint it a failure.

Links and notes for Ep. 384 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/AFD-Ep-384-Links-and-Notes-1892-New-Orleans-General-Strike.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] June 15, 2021 – Alabama Coal Strikes of 1908 and 1920 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 383

Full episode on Patreon: There are mine strikes in Alabama right now. Bill and Rachel look back at the racially-integrated Alabama coal strikes of 1908 and 1920.

May 30, 2021 – Tulsa 1921 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 378

Description: 100 years ago this week, white mobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma burned down the Black neighborhood of Greenwood (known as Black Wall Street) and committed massacres. Bill and Rachel explore the unique economic factors that created Greenwood.

Links and notes for Ep. 378 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/AFD-Ep-378-Links-and-Notes-Tulsa-1921.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] May 18, 2021 – The 1920 Census – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 375

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel discuss the present-day influences of the momentous 1920 US Census, which grappled with trends in urbanization and the recent breakup of several major home countries of immigrants.