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Submitted by on April 12, 2010 – 7:22 pmOne Comment

The Working Class Movement Library (it belongs to us all, but it’s situated in Salford) hosts many artefacts to warm the hearts against the chilly rise of the racist right.

The kind people at the Crescent-based, house-come library are currently highlighting a number of anti-fascist leaflets in their collection. The focus is on how working class people have repelled the evils of fascists from Mosley to the BNP.

This leaflet is their current ‘object of the month’.  The volunteer who chose it explains: “The Library is full not only of dramatic words, but also of dramatic images. I chose these images as I felt their eloquence spoke for itself.”

The WCML has a collection of fascist and anti-fascist pamphlets and leaflets, spanning a broad range of organisations and campaigns – from the birth of domestic and continental fascism to the present day.
There is a small number of leaflets of Britain’s first Fascist party, the British Fascisti (1925-34), and various pamphlets from Oswald Mosley’s ‘pre-fascist’ New Party (1931-32).

In the post-war period, material held here records the splintering of British fascism and its re-emergence in the 1970s with the birth of the National Front and its successful rival, the Anti-Nazi League.

A recent donation to the Library was a large folder of pamphlets and other material about Burnley Anti-Nazi League’s work from the 1990s onwards.

The Library will be collecting a wide range of material from the 2010 General Election campaign for use by future readers – in line with its founders’ belief in the importance of working class people learning from history in their struggle to improve the world.

Please visit website http://www.wcml.org.uk if you would like a copy of the new A4-size flyer ‘History Lesson’ illustrating anti-fascist material from the Library’s collections.

Alternatively why not take a trip down Chapel Street, onto (the) Crescent and pop in?  The library is situated across from the University of Salford’s main campus.

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