The International Working Men’s Association was launched in London on this day in 1864. As the “First International,” it cemented class solidarity across countries as a shared ideal and inspired large numbers to organize against capitalist exploitation.
Marcello Musto is the author of The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual Biography (2020). Among his edited books are Workers Unite!: The International 150 Years Later (2014) and The Marx Revival (2020). His writings are available at www.marcellomusto.org