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 History isn't what happened, but a story of what happened. And there are always different versions, different stories, about the same events. One version might revolve mainly around a specific set of facts while another version might minimize them or not include them at all.
      Like stories, each of these different versions of history contain different lessons. Some histories tell us that ourleaders, at least, have always tried to do right for everyone. Others remark that the emperors don't have the slaves' best interests at heart. Some teach us that this is both what has always been and what always will be. Others counsel that we shouldn't mistake transient dominance for intrinsic superiority. Lastly, some histories paint a picture where only the elites have the power to change the world, while others point out that social change is rarely commanded from the top down.

       Regardless of the value of these many lessons, History isn't what happened, but the stories of what happened and the lessons these stories include. The very selection of which histories to teach in a society shapes our view of how what is came to be and, in turn, what we understand as possible. This choice of which history to teach can never be "neutral" or "objective." Those who choose, either following a set agenda or guided by hidden prejudices, serve their interests. Their interests could be to continue this world as it now stands or to make a new world. 
      We cannot simply be passive. We must choose whose interests are best: those who want to keep things going as they are or those who want to work to make a better world. If we choose the latter, we must seek out the tools we will need. History is just one tool to shape our understanding of our world. And every tool is a weapon if you hold it right.

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Unamerican Activities : The Campaign Against The Underground Press...

By: Geoffrey Rips; Anne Janowitz, Editor
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Twenty-One Ways to "Scalp" an Indian

By: Jerry Gambill

Published in "Akwesasne Notes", vol I, No. 7. July 1979.

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Open Letter From a Writer to the Military Junta

By: Rodolfo Walsh

The writer and journalist Rodolfo J. Walsh sent this letter, dated March 24, 1977, by post to the editorial departments of local newspapers and to foreign press correspondents. On March 25, 1977, Walsh was kidnapped by a "Work Group" and has been missing ever since. Once the dictatorship of 1976 began, Work Groups (grupos de Larea) were formed to carry out the extermination of any individuals considered enemies of the state. These groups, composed mainly of men with expe...

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Powell Memorandum : Attack on American Free Enterprise System: Att...

By: United States Chamer of Commerce

On August 23, 1971, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce distributed the Powell Memorandum to its national membership of leading executives, businesses, and trade associations. The memo, published here in its entirety, constituted the entire contents of the issue of its regular publication WASHINGTON REPORT to members.

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Testimony of Rita L. Schwerner (1964)

By: Rita L. Schwerner

Testimony of Rita L. Schwerner (1964). In Mississippi Black Paper: Fifty-Seven Negro and White Citizens' Testimony of Police Brutality, the Breakdown of Law and Order and the Corruption of Justice in Mississippi (New York Random House, 1965), pp. 59-60,61, 62-63.

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Propaganda

By: Edward Bernays

Propaganda, an influential book written by Edward L. Bernays in 1928, incorporated the literature from social science and psychological manipulation into an examination of the techniques of public communication. Bernays wrote the book in response to the success of some of his earlier works such as Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923) and A Public Relations Counsel (1927). Propaganda explored the psychology behind manipulating masses and the ability to use symbolic action ...

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My Last Will

By: Joe Hill

Joe Hill, "My Last Will" (November 18, 1915). First printed in the Herald-Republican (Salt Lake City, Utah), November 18, 1915. Reprinted in Franklin Rosemont, Joe Hill: The IWW and the Mating of a Revolutionary Workingclass Counterculture: Profusely Illustrated (Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 2002), p. 132.

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Remember Ludlow!

By: Julia May Courtney

Julia May Courtney, “Remember Ludlow!,” The Libertarian Labyrinth.

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Open Letter from the New Orleans Mass Meeting

By: Rev. Ernest Lyon

Reverend Ernest Lyon et al., Open Letter from the New Orleans Mass Meeting (August 22,1888). First printed by the Louisiana Standard (New Orleans), August 25,1888. Reprinted in Congressional Record, 50th Cong., 1st Sess., vol. 19, pan 9, appendix, pp. 8993-94.

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Red-Handed Murder : Negroes Wantonly Killed at Thibodaux, La.: Neg...

By: Anonymous Author

Anonymous, "Red-Handed Murder: Negroes Wantonly Killed at Thibodaux, La." (November 26, 1887). In The Weekly Pelican (New Orleans, Louisiana), vol. 1, no. 52 (November 26,1887), p. 2.

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Address of August Spies

By: August Spies

August Spies, "Address of August Spies" (October 7, 1886). In The Accused [and] the Accusers: The Famous Speeches of the Eight Chicago Anarchists in Court: When Asked If They Had Anything to Say Why Sentence Should Not Be Passed Upon Them: On October 7th, 8th, and 9th, 1886: Chicago, Illinois (Chicago: Socialistic Publishing Society, n.d.), pp. 1,9-10.

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On the Eligibility of Colored Members to Seats in the Georgia Legi...

By: Henry McNeal Turner

Henry McNeal Turner, "On the Eligibility of Colored Members to Seats in the Georgia Legislature" (September 3, 1868). In Edwin S. Redkey, ed., Respect Black: The Writings and Speethes of Henry McNeal Turner (New York: Arno Press/The New York Tunes, 1971), pp. 14-15, 16, 25.

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he Federalist No. 10 : he Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Agai...

By: James Madison

Federalist No. 10

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Account of the New York Tenant Riots

By: Alfred A. Knopf

Account of the New York Tenant Riots (July 14, 1766). In Hofstadter and Wallace, eds., pp. 116-17. From the July 14, 1766. American Violence: A Documentary History, Boston Gazetteer or Country Journal

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Against The War Machine : Essay Collection: Essay Collection

By: History Is A Weapon Organization

A collection of essays on military opposition from 1844-2004.

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Locking Down with Lockboxes

By: Crimethinc Recipes for Disaster

How to create Lockboxes for blockades.

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Affinity Groups & Support

By: Nancy Alach; ACT-UP

Affinity Groups and Support Article.

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How to Master Secret Work

By: Communist Party of South Africa Organization

First published: during the ’eighties as a series of articles in ‘Umsebenzi’; later as a single pamphlet for underground operatives.

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The New Pentagon Papers

By: Karen Kwiatkowski

A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war.

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New US Military Bases : Side Effects Or Causes Of War?: Side Effec...

By: Zoltan Grossman

Article by Zoltan Grossman, a doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a member of the South-West Asia Information Group.

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