The Wobblies in Their Heyday: The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World during the World War I Era: The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World during the World War I Era
The Industrial Workers of the World—or "Wobblies," as they were known—included legendary figures from U.S. labor 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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2 The Bisbee Deportation
3 Confrontation in Butte
4 The IWW and World War I
5 Countering the IWW
6 Destroying the IWW
The IWW Disintegrates
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Eric Thomas Chester
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