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modern I.W.W. - Industrial Workers of The World - labor union logo       short history
I.W.W. websites
fiction
non-fiction

Joe Hill [1879-1915]
'Big Bill' Haywood [1869-1928]

songs, videos, other media

Syndicalism
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"Labor is the great producer of wealth; it moves all other causes."
—  Daniel Webster [1782-1852]

"Labor is the source of all wealth."
—  G.E. Nordell

         Before World War I, labor conditions in the U.S. and elsewhere were universally appalling. The Haymarket Massacre of 1886 was but one of many bloody battles between labor and the 'robber barons' of the era.
         Unhappy with the slow progress toward reform of Samuel Gompers and his American Federation of Labor, a committee of unionists in Chicago, Illinois called for a "Continental Congress of the Working Class", which formed the Industrial Workers of the World - the I.W.W. - on 27 June 1905. William D. 'Big Bill' Haywood of the Western Federation of Miners presided, and speakers included U.S. presidential candidate [of the Socialist Party] Eugene V. Debs.

         In December 1905, former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg was killed by a bomb planted at his home. Denver, Colorado police arrested Haywood and others, and shipped them to Boise, Idaho for trial. Clarence Darrow's brilliant defense resulted in a 'not guilty' verdict, and Haywood walked away a free man, though grown more militant from his long incarceration. Strike failures in Cripple Creek, Colorado and elsewhere soon broke the W.F.M. and Haywood joined battle with the more-aggressive I.W.W.
         The philosophy of the I.W.W. union was radical, encompassing 'syndicalism' and bordering on anarchism. Each new member was given a union card and "The Little Red Songbook" which had the words 'To Fan the Flames of Discontent' on the cover. The union grew rapidly, especially among immigrants disillusioned with visions of a better life in America, and fostered strikes and other actions across the country. The more famous events of the time include Goldfield, Nevada strikes in 1906, the American Locomotive strike of 1911, the Lawrence, Massachusetts 'Bread and Roses' textile strike of 1912, and the Patterson Silk Strike and a strike in Akron, Ohio - both in 1913.
         Stimulated by the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City on 25 March 1911, crusading journalists and authors such as Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, Jacob Riis, Upton Sinclair, and Frank Norris galvanized public opinion, earning from the establishment the derisive term 'muckrackers'. Laws to improve working conditions were enacted, but only after great and violent struggle against the industrial monopolies of the time.

         By 1915, 'Big Bill' Haywood was head of the I.W.W. His speeches against the frame-up of labor martyr Joe Hill {see below} roused the public but could not stop Joe Hill's execution in November 1915. At its peak, the union had 3 million members, but nationalization of many industries and new federal anti-labor laws during World War I restricted union activity.
         Nonetheless, strike actions continued: the Everett [WA] Massacre in 1916, the Bisbee, Arizona copper strike of 1917, the Centralia [WA] Massacre of 1919. Haywood was convicted of sedition for calling a strike during wartime; released on bail during the appeals process and in ill health, he fled to Russia, where he helped the bolsheviks with their revolution, alongside fellow American John Reed. The 'Red Scare' raids of U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer in 1920 rounded up thousands of 'alien radical' I.W.W. members (and others), and the majority of foreign-born prisoners were deported.
         But the I.W.W. continued its work. When Upton Sinclair was arrested for reading the U.S. Bill of Rights to an assembly of striking I.W.W. dockworkers at Liberty Hill in San Pedro, California in 1923, it was front page news. A coal strike in Colorado led to the Columbine Massacre of 1927. The I.W.W. unionized many of those unemployed as a result of the Stock Market Crash, and supported striking coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1930. Strikers halted work on Boulder Dam in 1931.

         In 1949, the I.W.W. was added to the U.S. Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations, and the union nearly went out of existence in the Fifties. By the Seventies, the I.W.W. was growing again, lending support to the United Farm Workers led by César Chávez. In 1973, I.W.W.'s existing national groups were replaced with Regional Organizing Committees. I.W.W. expanded to include environmentalists, with Earth First! Local #1 in Willits, California; members Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney were injured in a notorious car-bombing in 1990. I.W.W. moved its headquarters from Chicago to San Francisco in 1991. Activity increased in United Kingdom, Russia, Finland, and Australia. I.W.W. headquarters moved again, from San Francisco, California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
         While the I.W.W. was born of necessity, and instilled with the courage of its founders, the 'cause' has recently foundered on the collectivist mindset, based on powerless theories of syndicalism {see below), and worldwide membership has deteriorated to a mere 1,200.


I.W.W. Websites
International Headquarters [Philadelphia PA, USA]
directory of unions
Building Construction Workers I.U. 330
Marine Transport Workers I.U. 510
Communication & Computer Workers I.U. 560
Education Workers I.U. 620
General Distribution Workers I.U. 660

directory of branches
Phoenix AZ I.W.W.
Los Angeles CA G.M.B.
San Francisco CA Bay Area G.M.B.
Chicago IL G.M.B.
New York City G.M.B.
Portland OR Industrial District Council
Seattle WA Industrial District Council

Australia Regional Organizing Committee
British Isles Regional Organizing Committee
Canada I.W.W.

Industrial Worker - magazine of the I.W.W.



Fiction Related to I.W.W. Struggles

Desert of Wheat   "Desert of Wheat" [1919 bestseller] by Zane Grey [1872-1939]
The powerful story of Kurt Dorn, a young farmer of eastern Washington state who is torn between fighting the Germans in France [World War I] and staying in America to protect his crop of wheat from saboteurs. Wobblies figure in the background.
Forge mass pb [10/2001] for $5.99
Univ NE Press hardcover [5/2000] for $48.00
Amereon hardcover [6/40] for $26.95
Blackstone UNABR audio [2/2002] for $69.95
Dubious Battle  "In Dubious Battle" [Viking Press 1936] by John Steinbeck [1902-68]
Written before "Grapes of Wrath", this story of a strike among migrant workers in apple orchards of California tells how Jim Nolan becomes a leader of the workers and then suffers crushing defeat.
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [5/2006] for $10.88
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [10/92] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [6/76] out of print/used
Viking Press hardcover [10/36] out of print/many used
BooksOnTape audio [11/94] 7 tapes read by Michael Keenan - out of prodn/used

Grapes of Wrath novel by John Steinbeck  "The Grapes of Wrath" [Viking April 1939] by John Steinbeck [1902-68]
When America was devastated by the 'Dust Bowl' drought, many farmers lost their land, and many of them migrated to California. Steinbeck's epic novel revealed to the world the plight of a family of 'Okies' (from Oklahoma), and caused society to make changes in 'The System'. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel, and is listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005).
Kindle Edition from Penguin Publng [2006 edition] for $12.99
Penguin 8¼x5¾ pb [1/2002] for $11.03
Bantam mass pb [1964] out of print/used
Penguin 7½x5 library hardcover [3/2006] for $20.59
Penguin UNABR audio [10/98] 12 tapes read by Dylan Baker - out of prodn/many used

Grapes of Wrath video  "The Grapes of Wrath" [Fox Jan 1940]
John Ford's movie (from Nunnally Johnson's script) remains an unforgettable experience even 70 years later. Directed by John Ford [1894-1973]; starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin & Dorris Bowdon; won Oscars for Best Director & Best Supporting Actress (Darwell), nominated for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Actor (Fonda), Best Editing, Best Sound; listed in National Film Registry 1989
full credits at IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia

more details on Magic Lantern's "The Grapes of Wrath" 1940 Movie Page

Boulder Dam  "Boulder Dam" [1963] by Zane Grey [1872-1939]
Based on the real-life labor strife during the building of the massive hydro-electric dam across Black Canyon on the Colorado River.
Harper pb [12/90] out of print/used
Story House hardcover [1963] out of print/used
Northstar UNABR audio [6/97] for $44.94
modern Hoover Dam official website



Non-Fiction Related to I.W.W.

Red Scare National Hysteria book by Robert K. Murray  "Red Scare: A Study In National Hysteria, 1919-1920" [1955]
by Robert K. Murray

Univ MN Press 8½x5¾ pb [1955 edition] for $60.00
McGraw-Hill mass pb [1964] out of print/used
McGraw-Hill 8¼x5¼ hardcover [1964] out of print/used
We Shall Be All  "We Shall Be All: A History of The I.W.W." [1969]
by Melvyn Dubofsky, edited by Joseph A. McCartin

"the definitive archive-based history of the I.W.W."
Univ IL Press ABR 9x6 pb [11/2000] for $18.95
Univ IL Press ABR 9½x6¼ hardcover [11/2000] for $49.95
Univ IL Press UNABR pb [5/88] out of print/used
Pie in the Sky / The Wobblies and Their Times book by Irving Werstein  "Pie In The Sky: An American Struggle - The Wobblies and Their Times"
[1969] by Irving Werstein

Delacorte Press 8¼x5¾ hardcover [8/69] out of print/used
Launching of The I. W. W. book by Paul F. Brissenden   "Launching of The I. W. W." [1971] by Paul F. Brissenden
"an invaluable document"
Haskell House 8½x5½ library hardcover [6/71] for $39.32
HLMUSvol4  "History of The Labor Movement In The United States, Volume 4: Industrial Workers of The World" [1980]
by Philip S. Foner

Intl. Publrs 8¼x5½ pb [12/80] for $14.95
Rebel Voices anthology  "Rebel Voices: An I.W.W. Anthology, With A Short Treatise On Wobbly Cartoons" [1988]
Edited by Joyce L. Kornbluh

Charles H. Kerr Publg pb [1998] out of print/used
Charles H. Kerr Publg hardcover [12/88] out of print/used
Red November  "Red November, Black November: Culture & Community In The I.W.W."
[1989] by Salvatore Salerno

SUNY Press 9¼x6¼ pb [10/90] for $24.94
SUNY Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [9/89] for $25.49
Oil Wheat & Wobblies In Oklahoma book by Nigel Anthony Sellars  "Oil, Wheat, & Wobblies: The Industrial Workers of The World In Oklahoma, 1905-1930" [1998] by Nigel Anthony Sellars
Univ OK Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2012] for $17.96
Univ OK Press 8¾x6 pb [2/98] for $31.46
Battling  "Battling For American Labor: Wobblies, Craft Workers & The Making of The Union Movement" [1999]
by Howard Kimeldorf

Univ CA Press 9x6 pb [12/99] for $19.95
Univ CA Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/99] for $51.99
The Wobblies  "The Wobblies: The Story of The I.W.W. & Syndicalism in the U.S." [1999]
by Patrick Renshaw

Ivan R. Dee, Inc. 8x5 pb [12/99] for $10.47
Harvest Wobblies  "Harvest Wobblies: The I.W.W. & Agricultural Laborers In The American West, 1905-1930" [2001] by Greg Hall
Oregon State Univ Press 9½x6 pb [10/2001] for $34.95
Wobblies / Graphic History  "Wobblies!: A Graphic History of The Industrial Workers of The World"
[2005] Edited by Paul Buhle & Nicole Schulman

Verso Books 8x8 pb [4/2005] for $16.50
Slaughter in Serene   "Slaughter In Serene: The Columbine Coal Strike Reader" [2005]
by Eric Margolis, Joanna Sampson, Phil Goodstein & Richard Myers

purchase online at Bread & Roses Workers' Cultural Center
publisher's bookpage
Industrial Workers of The World First One Hundred Years book by Fred W. Thompson & Jon Bekken  "The Industrial Workers of The World: Its First One Hundred Years - 1905 through 2005" [2006]
by Fred W. Thompson & Jon Bekken, Foreword by Utah Phillips

I.W.W. 8½x6¼ pb [11/2006] for $19.95
I.W.W. Documentary History book edited by Lenny Flank  "I.W.W.: A Documentary History" [2007] Edited by Lenny Flank
includes speeches & articles by Ralph Chaplin, Eugene V. Debs, Justus Ebert, Joseph Ettor, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Thomas Haggarty, Bill Haywood, James Kennedy, John Reed, Walker C. Smith, Vincent St. John & William Trautmann
Red & Black Publrs 9x6 pb [7/2007] for $13.99

http://www.amazon.com/The-Soul-Wobblies-Progressive-Contributions/dp/0313244723/
http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Wobblies-Progressive-1905-1917-Contributions/dp/0313244723/
http://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Woods-I-W-W-Pacific-Northwest/dp/0870713884/
http://www.amazon.com/Wobblies-Waterfront-Interracial-Progressive-Era-Philadelphia/dp/0252031865/
http://www.amazon.com/Break-Their-Haughty-Power-Wobblies/dp/0910383316/
http://www.amazon.com/Wobblies-Pile-Butts-Other-Heroes/dp/0252019636/
http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Utah-Story-Joe-Hill/dp/1451526636/


Joe Hill [1879-1915]


        Joel Emanuel Hägglund was born in Gävle, Sweden on 7 Oct 1879. He emigrated to the U.S. in October 1902 with his brother Paul. They soon parted company and Joel wandered the country, apparently working any and every low-paying, thankless labor job possible. During this time, he changed his name to Joseph Hillstrom, and soon after joining the I.W.W. in San Pedro, California in 1910, he changed it again to just Joe Hill.
        The 'bosses' passed laws making union speeches illegal, so Joe began writing songs that captured the plight of the working class and the fighting spirit of his fellow unionists. The union movement grew and the bosses across North America and around the world became increasingly angry and afraid. While legend has Joe Hill participating in virtually every frontline I.W.W. job action – logistically impossible – the truth was that he did little else but write songs and lead protests and serve jail time on trumped-up charges.
        While visiting with Swedish friends in Utah, Joe was arrested for the murder of a shopkeeper, on circumstantial evidence; the I.W.W. held that the accusation was retaliation by the 'copper bosses' for Joe's union activity. Joe handled his own defense – badly, as if he wanted to be a martyr; he was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. Despite appeals by the Swedish government, the American Federation of Labor, President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, and tens of thousands of supporters throughout the world, he was executed by firing squad on 19 October 1915.
        Joe Hill's last telegram from jail included a phrase that lives after him: "Don't waste time mourning – Organize!" His funeral in Chicago attracted 30,000 mourners. Nearly 75 years later, a packet of his ashes was discovered in the U.S. National Archives and returned to the Chicago headquarters of the I.W.W.

I.W.W. website Joe Hill bio
Joe Hill entry at Wikipedia
The Joe Hill Project at the University of Utah

( If you arrived here looking for the Joe Hill who writes supernatural thrillers, then you should visit the Joe Hill Store at Amazon )

bio by WS   "Joe Hill: A Biographical Novel" [Houghton-Mifflin 1950]
by Wallace Stegner

original title "The Preacher & The Slave"
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [9/90] for $11.20
Doubleday hardcover [1/69] out of print/used
Univ Nebraska Press pb [11/80] out of print/used
The Man Who Never Died playscript by Barrie Stavis   "The Man Who Never Died: A Play About Joe Hill (with Notes On Joe Hill and His Times)" [1951] by Barrie Stavis
A.S. Barnes/Haven hardcover [1954] out of print/used
"Joe Hill, der Mann, der Niemals Starb" [DFF East Germany Nov 1956]
b&w TV movie based on the Stavis stageplay; co-adapted & directed by Hans-Erich Korbschmitt; starring Robert Trösch {as Joe Hill} & Irene Korb {as EGF}
DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
The Case of Joe Hill book by Philip Sheldon Foner  
"The Case of Joe Hill: The Story of The trial, The Mass Defense Campaign, and The Execution of The Famous I.W.W. Poet, Songwriter, and Organizer" [1965] by Philip Sheldon Foner
Intl. Publishers 8x5¼ pb [6/65] out of print/many used
Joe Hill biography by Gibbs M. Smith  "Joe Hill" biography [1969] by Gibbs M. Smith
Kindle Edition from Gibbs Smith [1969 edition] for $7.99
Gibbs Smith Publisher 9x6 pb [11/60] for $15.95
Grosset & Dunlap hardcover [11/69] out of print/used
The Ballad of Joe Hill biopic from Sweden  "The Ballad of Joe Hill" [Sweden 1971]
Swedish immigrant Joel Hägglund is struck by all the injustice and tragedy in America and becomes active in the forbidden I.W.W. union (as Joe Hill); sedition laws make it illegal to demonstrate or speak in public about labor's grievances, so Joe sings his manifesto with the Salvation Army. More and more workers join the strike and Joe makes powerful enemies who put him on trail for murder . . .
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Bo Widerberg; starring Thommy Berggren
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
Joe Hill biography by John McDermott  
"Joe Hill" [novelization 1971] by John McDermott
"A novel about a revolutionary labor organizer and song writer who became a legend haunting the conscience of America" Based on the powerful motion picture from Sagittarius directed by Bo Widerberg and starring Thommy Berggren
Tempo pb [1984] out of print/used
Tempo mass pb [1971] out of print/used
Return of Joe Hill 1990 musical documentary   "The Return of Joe Hill" [indep Nov 1990]
57-minute musical docufilm produced & directed by Eric Scholl; featuring performer Utah Phillips, activist Joyce Kornbluh & Joe Hill biographer Gibbs M. Smith
non-theatrical DVD available at The Cinema Guild
credits at IMDbproducer's official movie page
Joe Hill 2000 mini-series on P.B.S.   "Joe Hill" mini-series [KUED-TV/P.B.S. 2000]
Produced, written & directed by Ken Verdoia
K.U.E.D. color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
'Joe Hill' mini-series [Sept 2000] on KUED-7 website
Joe Hill / Workingclass Counterculture book by Franklin Rosemont   "Joe Hill: The I.W.W. & The Making of A Revolutionary Workingclass Counterculture" [2003]
by Franklin Rosemont

Charles H Kerr Publng pb [1/2003] out of print/used
Charles H Kerr Publng hardcover [1/2003] out of print/used
The Man Who Never Died biography of Joe Hill by William M. Adler  "The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon" [2011] by William M. Adler
Kindle Edition from Bloomsbury USA [8/2011] for $9.99
Bloomsbury USA 8x5½ pb [8/2012] for $13.05
Bloomsbury USA 9½x6½ hardcover [8/2011] for $21.61
Pie in the Sky: How Joe Hill's book by Kenneth Lougee   "Pie In The Sky: How Joe Hill's Lawyers Lost His Case, Got Him Shot, and Were Disbarred" [2011] by Kenneth Lougee
Kindle Edition from iUniverse [9/2011] for $9.99
iUniverse 9x6 pb [9/2011] for $14.95
iUniverse 9x6 hardcover [9/2011] for $24.95


'Big Bill' Haywood [1869-1928]


        William D. Haywood was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1869. His early life was hard: losing his father at three, losing an eye at nine, working in the mines at fifteen. In 1896, he joined the Western Federation of Miners in Idaho, and served as secretary & president of his local; in 1900 he was elected to the national General Executive Board. Bitter conflicts between labor and 'bosses' in Colorado convinced Bill that 'one big union' was a necessity. He presided at the creation of the I.W.W. in Chicago in 1905, which put him in the spotlight as one of the nation's best-known labor radicals.
         In December 1905, former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg was killed by a bomb planted at his home. Police arrested Haywood and others in Denver, Colorado, and shipped them to Boise, Idaho for trial. Haywood was the first to go to trial, in what was billed as 'The Trial of the Century'. Acclaimed attorney Clarence Darrow's brilliant defense resulted in a 'not guilty' verdict, and Haywood walked away a free man, though grown more militant from his long incarceration. Haywood broke with the W.F.M. and joined the Socialist Party, where he was soon forced out for being too aggressive.
         By 1915, 'Big Bill' Haywood was head of the I.W.W. His speeches against the frame-up of labor martyr Joe Hill [see above] roused the public but could not stop Joe Hill's execution in November 1915. Nonetheless, strike actions continued. In 1918, Haywood and a hundred others were rounded up and summarily convicted of espionage and sedition [for calling a strike during wartime]. Released on bail in 1921 during the appeals process &ndah; and in ill health – Haywood fled to Russia, where he helped the bolsheviks with their revolution, alongside fellow American John Reed. 'Big Bill' Haywood died in Moscow in 1928; half his ashes were buried in the wall of the Kremlin beside John Reed, the remainder was sent to Chicago.

William Haywood profile at KUED-7 website
Bill Haywood entry at Wikipedia
'The Trial of Bill Haywood 1907' at UMKC

Autobiography of 'Big Bill' Haywood book  
"Autobiography of 'Big Bill' Haywood" [1929]
"William D. Haywood's own story of the Industrial Workers of The World (IWW)"
Intl. Publrs 8x5½ pb [6/66] out of print/used
Intl. Publrs hardcover [6/66] out of print/scarce
Big Bill Haywood & the Radical Union Movement biography by Joseph R. Conlin  "Big Bill Haywood & The Radical Union Movement" [1969]
'interpretive biography' by Joseph R. Conlin

Syracuse Univ Press 8x5½ hardcover [6/69] out of print/used
Roughneck, Life & Times of Big Bill Haywood biography by Peter Carlson  "Roughneck: The Life & Times of Big Bill Haywood" [1983]
by Peter Carlson

W.W. Norton 8x5¼ pb [12/84] out of print/used
W.W. Norton 8½x5¾ hardcover [4/83] out of print/used
Big Bill Haywood biography by Melvyn Dubofsky   "Big Bill Haywood (Lives of The Left Series)" [1987]
by Melvyn Dubofsky

Manchester Univ Press 8½x5¾ pb [12/87] out of print/used
St. Martin 7¾x5 hardcover [12/87] out of print/used
author's faculty homepage
Big Trouble  "Big Trouble: A Murder In A Small Western Town Sets Off A Struggle For The Soul of America" [1997] by J. Anthony Lukas
"a gripping account of murder & politics in turn-of-the-century Idaho": a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's account of the 1907 trial of 'Big Bill' Haywood for the bombing murder of the former governor of Idaho
Touchstone 9¼x6 pb [7/98] out of print/70+ used
S&S 10x6¾ hardcover [9/97] out of print/270+ used
S&S Audioworks ABR audio / 4 tapes [9/97] out of prodn/used
Writings of Big Bill Haywood book  
"Writings of Big Bill Haywood: Speeches and Pamphlets On Unions, Socialism, Syndicalism, and Revolution" [2011]
includes "Industrial Socialism" [1911, "The General Strike" (1911 speech), and "On The Case of Ettor & Giovannitti"
Kindle Edition from Red & Black Publrs [6/2010] for $9.99
Red & Black Publrs 9x6 pb [1/2011] for $10.99


Elizabeth Gurley Flynn [1890-1964]
Flynn was a key member of the I.W.W. as well as
the American Communist Party, and a founding member of the A.C.L.U.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn profile at KUED-7 website
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn entry at Wikipedia

Rebel Girl autobiography by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn  "Rebel Girl: An Autobiography, My First Life" [1973]
by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Intl. Publrs 8½x5½ pb [12/73] for $11.94
Intl. Publrs hardcover [1/73] out of print/used
Words On Fire biography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn  "Words On Fire: The Life & Writings of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn" [1987]
by Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall

Rutgers Univ Press hardcover [12/87] for $59.00
Iron in Her Soul biography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn   "Iron In Her Soul: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn & the American Left" [1995]
by Helen C. Camp

WA State Univ Press 9x6 pb [3/95] for $28.00
WA State Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [3/95] for $31.99


Other Major I.W.W. Figures

"Wobbly: Rough & Tumble Story of An American Radical" [1948]
autobiography of Ralph Chaplin
http://www.amazon.com/Wobbly-Rough---Tumble-American-Radical/dp/1163133345/
http://www.amazon.com/Wobbly-Rough-And-Tumble-Story-American-Radical/dp/1436712408/
Reprint Services hardcover [8/95] for $100.99
DaCapo Press hardcover [5/72] out of print/used

"Memoirs of A Wobbly" [1987] by Henry E. McGuckin
Charles H. Kerr Publg. pb [6/87] out of print/used
Charles H. Kerr Publg hardcover [6/87] out of print/used

Wildmen Wobblies  "Wildmen, Wobblies & Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook's Lowbrow Northwest" [1992]
by Stewart Hall Holbrook
Editing & Intro by Brian Booth
includes article on I.W.W. 'union diehard' Arthur Boose

Oregon State Univ Press pb [6/2003] for $12.57
Oregon State Univ Press hardcover [9/92] out of print/used
Break Their Haughty Power: Joe Murphy   "Break Their Haughty Power: Joe Murphy In The Heyday of The Wobblies" [1993]
biographical novel by Eugene Nelson; illustrated by Liz Penniman

Ism Press 8¼x5¾ pb [7/93] out of print/used
publisher bookpage
Centralia   "The Centralia Tragedy of 1919: Elmer Smith & The Wobblies" [1993]
by Tom Copeland

Univ WA Press 9¼x6 pb [9/93] for $17.50
Univ WA Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [4/93] out of print/used



Songs, Videos, Other Media
Manfred Hellstrom's "Joe Hill's Songs" fansite {defunct}
expert on Bob Dylan & "Songs of The IWW" Manfred Helfert = manfredh@mainz.netsurf.de
online English lyrics of Joe Hill's songs at MH's German FolkArchive website

sheet music for Joe Hill's song 'The Rebel Girl' (1915)   I.W.W. Little Red Songbook   "Songs of The I.W.W.: To Fan The Flames of Discontent" [1909]
38th edition pb for sale at I.W.W. website [2010] for $6.00
I.W.W. 35th edition 5¼x4 pb [7/84] out of print/used
Charles H. Kerr 19th edition 6x4 reprint pb [2003] 52 songs - out of print/used

Little Red Songbook entry at Wikipedia
online texts of song lyrics from 1916 U.K. edition

Songs of Joe Hill 1954 album by Joe Glazer   "Songs of Joe Hill" [vinyl 1954, CD 2012] by Joe Glazer, with guitar
Folkways Records music CD [5/2012] 10 tracks for $17.30
Smithsonian Folkways MP3 album [10/2006] 10 tracks for $8.99
Folkways vinyl 10" LP [1954] 10 tracks - out of prodn/used
songs include "Casey Jones (The Union Scab)", "Joe Hill", "Joe Hill's Last Will", "Mr. Block", "The Preacher and The Slave (Pie In The Sky)", "The Rebel Girl", "Scissor Bill", "There Is Power In A Union", "The Tramp", and "We Will Sing One Song"

1979 Wobblies documentary   "The Wobblies" documentary [UAW/NEH 1979]
Produced & directed by Stewart Bird & Deborah Shaffer

Docurama color DVD [6/2006] for $24.49
credits from IMDb

see also Spirit of America Bookstore's Labor Movement Film Festival

Solidarity Forever   "Solidarity Forever: An Oral History of The I.W.W." [1985]
by Stewart Bird, Dan Georgaras & Deborah Shaffer

transcript of the interviews that became the documentary "The Wobblies"
Lake View Press 8½x5½ pb [9/85] for $12.95
Lake View Press 8¾x6 hardcover [9/85] out of print/used
Fed 1000 Years music   "We Have Fed You All For A Thousand Years" [1983]
by Utah Phillips

Rounder Records music CD [2/2009] 18 tracks for $15.99
Philo Records MP3 album [11/83] 18 tracks for $9.99
Don't Mourn songs  "Don't Mourn – Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill" [1990]
artists include Billy Bragg, Alfred Estaban Cortez, Hazel Dickens, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (narrative), Joe Glazer & Lori Elaine Taylor, I.W.W. IU 630, Cisco Houston, Si Kahn, Mark Levy, Mats Paulson, Utah Phillips, Paul Robeson, Earl Robinson, Pete Seeger, and The Song Swappers
Smithsonian Folkways music CD [7/92] 15 tracks for $14.11
I.W.W. Rebel Voices  "Rebel Voices: Songs of The Industrial Workers of The World" [1991]
includes solo songs by Bruce Brackney (2), Bob Bovee (2), Eric Glatz, Fred Holstein (2), Faith Petric, Utah Phillips (3), Mark Ross (2), and Marion Wade; duets by Jeff Cahill & Mark Ross, Faith Petric & Mark Ross, Utah Phillips & Mark Ross, and Kathy Taylor & Robin Oye; and various combinations of the above plus J.B. Freeman
Flying Fish Records music CD [9/93] 20 tracks for $15.66
Flying Fish Records MP3 album [11/91] 20 tracks for $9.99
Flying Fish Records audio tape [9/92] 19 tracks - out of prodn/used
Big Red Songbook I.W.W. Songs book  
"The Big Red Songbook: 250-plus I.W.W. Songs" [2007]
Edited by Archie Green, David Roediger, Franklin Rosemont & Salvatore Salerno, Afterword by Utah Phillips

Charles H. Kerr 8½x5¾ pb [3/2007] out of print/used
Charles H. Kerr 8½x6 hardcover [3/2007] out of print/used


Syndicalism
Syndicalism is a political and economic doctrine advocating control of the means and processes of production by organized bodies of workers. Like anarchists, syndicalists believe that any form of state is an instrument of oppression and that the state should be abolished. Viewing the trade union as the essential unit of production, syndacalists believe that trade unions should be the basic organizational unit of society. To achieve their aims, syndicalists advocate direct industrial action, such as general strikes, sabotage, work slowdowns, and otherwise disrupting the existing system of production. They eschew political action as both corruptive and self-defeating.

Anarcho-Syndicalism 101 website
'anarcho-syndicalism' entry at Wikipedia

Anarcho-Syndicalism Theory & Practice book by Rudolf Rocker  "Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory & Practice" [1938]
by Rudolf Rocker

Pluto Press 8½x5¼ pb [8/98] for $25.87
Pluto Press 8½x5½ hardcover [1989] out of print/used

Rudolf Rocker [1873-1958] fansite

classic Syndicalism book by Earl C. Ford & William Z. Forster  "Syndicalism" [1990] by Earl C. Ford & William Z. Forster
Charles H. Kerr Publg 8½x5¾ pb [11/90] out of print/scarce
Charles H. Kerr Publg hardcover [11/90] out of print/scarce
Syndicalism, Industrial Unionism & Socialism book by John Spargo  "Syndicalism, Industrial Unionism & Socialism" [2001]
by John Spargo

Univ Press of the Pacific 8x5 pb [9/2001] for $25.00
Wobblies & Zapatistas book by Staughton Lynd & Andrej Grubacic  "Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations On Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History" [2008]
by Staughton Lynd & Andrej Grubacic, Introduction by Denis O'Hearn

Oakland P.M. Press 8x5 pb [9/2008] for $12.84


Other Labor & I.W.W. Links
browse books on I.W.W. at Amazon
online etext of "The General Strike", published in 1946 by I.W.W.
I.W.W. digital collection at Michigan State University

Spirit of America Bookstore's Labor Movement Page
Spirit of America Bookstore's Labor Movement Film Festival

Labor & Capitalism Issues Page at Working Minds / Solutions

The United Federation of Indentured Servants [est. 2010]


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