Welcome to RonVerzuh.ca

Writer & Historian

Contact me at ron@ronverzuh.ca

Member Login
Lost your password?

Posts Tagged ‘ communism ’

Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

0
January 9, 2018
Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

The other day a friend at the gym mentioned that he had been watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War. “I was on the wrong side,” he concluded repeating a phrase heard in the film. “We didn’t know what we were fighting for and they had everything to fight for.” Not all...
Read More »

Proletarian Cromwell – A Labour History Essay

0
May 17, 2017
Proletarian Cromwell – A Labour History Essay

Canadian labour historians have often cited politically inspired poems to portray first-hand the misery of the workplace, the poverty experienced by working families, the inequality perpetrated by the capitalist system, or to describe the agency of the working class in seeking justice against those who exercise hegemony over them. But few have been inclined...
Read More »

Joe Hill and Salt official selections

0
March 20, 2016
Joe Hill and Salt official selections

My two short documentary films, Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and Remembering Salt, are official selections in the 2016 Reel Work Labor Film Festival. They will be screened on Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., at the Service Employees International Union Hall, 517 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA. See www.reelwork.org . Coming this summer My...
Read More »

Banned film brings tears, laughter, solidarity

1
November 24, 2014
Banned film brings tears, laughter, solidarity

Blue skies brightened the crisp Sunday afternoon in mid-November 2014 when I arrived at the old Castle Theatre in Castlegar, British Columbia, carrying a copy of the banned 1950s film Salt of the Earth. It was the day after a local election and I expected post-election hangovers would probably keep all but ardent churchgoers...
Read More »

The Underpants Speech – A Work in Progress

0
July 23, 2014
The Underpants Speech – A Work in Progress

Justice Minister Louis St. Laurent, destined to be Canada’s prime minister, made no secret of his dislike for Communists. In mid-March 1948, he officially announced that “Canada is cracking down on labour-union communists fleeing from the anti-communist Taft-Hartley labor law of the U.S.”Both the Trades and Labour Congress (TLC) and the Canadian Congress of...
Read More »

Memories of a Mac-Pap – A Book Review

0
July 9, 2014
Memories of a Mac-Pap – A Book Review

Ronald Liversedge with David Yorke, ed., Mac-Pap – Memoir of a Canadian in The Spanish Civil War (Vancouver: New Star Books, 2013), 220 pages (paper), $19 (CD and USD).  A bloody harbinger of what Hitler and Mussolini had in store for the world, the Spanish Civil War served as an almost forgotten prelude to...
Read More »

Raising the Workers’ Flag – A Book Review

1
December 15, 2012
Raising the Workers’ Flag – A Book Review

  Stephen L. Endicott, Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League in Canada, 1930-1936 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012), 442 pages, $35 (paper), $75 (hard cover) The struggle to build trade unions in the extractive and manufacturing industries of Canada — mining, forestry, fishing, clothing, furniture, and others — was meteoric and...
Read More »

Hunting for Hobsbawms – A Tribute

1
October 9, 2012
Hunting for Hobsbawms – A Tribute

It wasn’t difficult to find London’s Marx Memorial Library. It was just around the corner from the Betsey Trotwood, no doubt a favoured watering hole for more than a few earnest Marxist historians quenching their thirst before heading off to a corner of that tiny and somewhat clandestine place where Lenin once ran his...
Read More »

Red Rebels and Red Baiters – A history essay

0
May 19, 2011
Red Rebels and Red Baiters – A history essay

From the middle of the Great Depression through to the mid-1950s Cold War period and beyond, Canada’s labour movement fought a war with itself. The conflict cost workers dearly in the form of lost militancy, increasingly isolated forums for dissent and arguably its future as an effective opponent of rampant capitalism in the wake...
Read More »

Books