The Wobblies in Their Heyday
The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World during the World War I Era

Chester, Eric Thomas
Publisher:  ABC CLIO
Year Published:  2014  
Price:  $58   ISBN:  978-1-4408-3301-4
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX17026

During World War I, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) rose to prominence as an effective, militant union and then was destroyed by a devastating campaign of repression launched by the federal government. This book documents the rise and fall of this important industrial labour organization.

Abstract: 
During World War I, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) rose to prominence as an effective, militant union and then were destroyed by a devastating campaign of repression launched by the federal government. This book documents the rise and fall of this important industrial labour organization.

The Industrial Workers of the World — or "Wobblies," as they were known -- included legendary figures from U.S. labour history. Joe Hill, "Big Bill" Haywood, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn have become a part of American popular folklore. In this book, author Eric T. Chester shows just how dynamic a force the IWW was during its heyday during World War I, and how determined the federal government was to crush this union -- a campaign of repression that remains unique in U.S. history. This work utilizes a wide array of archival sources, many of them never used before, thereby giving readers a clearer view and better understanding of what actually happened.

The book leads with an examination of the three key events in the history of the IWW: the Wheatfield, CA, confrontation; the Bisbee, AZ, deportation; and the strike of copper miners in Butte, MT. The second part of the book deconstructs the IWW's responses to World War I, the coordinated attack by the federal government upon the union, and how the union unraveled under this attack.

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