The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of MAY DAY


The little history that you're holding in your hand has grown from an earlier version published last year called "The Silent Speak." There's more information this year, thanks to conversations in Quincy with John Wilshire and Monty Neill and thanks to newspaper research by Jonathan Feldman and John Roosa. Bryn Clark made a portable Maypole last year which we capered around at the Bank of Boston. We were gratified by the interest shown by lunchtime workers but also struck by how widespread May Day amnesia had become. So, this year we have added some 'how to' sections, on games (p.5), on the Maypole (p. 11), and on getting to Merry Mount (p. 16), which we hope may make it more practical. Last year's May Day demonstration against Kruggerand gold encouraged us to add (an incomplete) list (p. 16) of the many May Day events this year. We especially thank Gene Bruskin and Jim Green who have helped to plan the demo against apartheid and the centennial celebration at Faneuil Hall, respectively. Dana Moser helped with the graphics. Hohn Flym, DeAnn Burrows, Mike Ryan, and friends in Teas, Rochester, Nigeria, Big Indian, Somerville, Belize, and Tufnell Park have provided support and encouragement. And thanks to the workers at Copy Cop.

reclaim May Day poster from San Francisco

In San Francisco, they used to say that if you didn't like the history we have so far, go out and make some that you do like. The same can be said of this story, so if it is to continue to grow please submit new contributions for next year to Peter Linebaugh, [Midnight Notes collective member, P.O. Box 204, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130,].

May First, 1986.

The Green | The Red

Author's Note | An Ending

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