Some Subversive Literature
The History of May Day
English Marxist Eric Hobsbawm recounts the history behind May Day; its origin as a call for an international manifestation of working class power and its later institutionalization in many countries as a holiday. First celebrated in 1890, the day has become one of the only widely observed holidays created unofficially by a movement of the poor. The essay is illustrated with posters celebrating May 1 from socialist movements around the world.