Wobblies on the Waterfront
Interracial unionism in progressive-era Philadelphia
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Chicago / Urbana, USA
Year Published: 2007 First Published:
Pages: 256pp ISBN: 978-0-252-03186-1
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX8720
Peter Cole outlines the factors that were instrumental in Local 8's success, both ideological (the IWW's commitment to working-class solidarity) and pragmatic (racial divisions helped solidify employer dominance). He also shows how race was central not only to the rise but also to the decline of Local 8, as increasing racial tensions were manipulated by employers and federal agents bent on the union's destruction.