SUBTERRANEAN FIRE: Summer Study Series with the
Queens International Socialist Organization
In order to battle the corporate class, we have a lot to learn from our past. Workers in the U.S. have a rich tradition of fighting back which remains largely hidden. Subterranean Fire brings that history to light and reveals its lessons for today.
The title is taken from the inspiring words of August Spies, a U.S. radical and labor activist executed during the fight for the eight-hour day. He said, “If you think that by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement, then hang us. Here you will tread upon a spark, but here, and there, and behind you, and in front of you, the flames will blaze up. It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out. The ground is on fire upon which you stand.” These words remain fundamentally true today.
This second session of the study group will focus on chapters 4-6.
About the author: Sharon Smith is the author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States and Women and Socialismalso published by Haymarket books.
To purchase the book go to Haymarket or purchase from one of the meeting locations below.
SECOND SESSION: WEDNESDAY, August 10th
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Avenue 2nd Fl
Contact us through our website www.nycsocialist.org or pick up a copy of Subterranean Fire at www.Haymarketbooks.org