Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

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The Bolsheviks considered themselves to be in command of the working class of Russia. They believed in democratic centralism, or the freedom to vote on matters of the party, but major unity in their voting process.
In October, the wages of the working class fell, leading to strikes. Men in textiles factories, oil workers, rail workers all protested this drop in income. The size of the working class revolution allowed them to take control over distribution and production in the Russian factories. The workers demanded an end to the war and that all power go to the Soviets.
With the start of the winter, people began to suffer at the hands of the cold while the working class still maintained control of factories and railroads. The armies froze, the factories shut down and food became hard to come by. Some radical protestors even went as far to destroy their own possessions. “I know of certain coal-mines near Kharkov which were fired and flooded by their owners, or textile factories at Moscow whose engineers put the machinery out of order when they left, or railroad officials caught by the workers in the act of crippling locomotives” (Reed 6). Men began to steal and horde food and fuel. Grain provisions dropped so low that there was not even enough to feed the city for a month. Only the rich cold buy from the abundance of food located in large cities.
Reed provides evidence by telling the reader about a family he met with while staying in Russia. “The three sons had bribed
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