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

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ABC-CLIO, Aug 26, 2014 - History - 316 pages

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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Contents

1 The Wheatland Incident and Its Repercussions
1
2 The Bisbee Deportation
29
3 Confrontation in Butte
65
4 The IWW and World War I
117
5 Countering the IWW
133
6 Destroying the IWW
159
The IWW Disintegrates
203
Conclusion
227
Chronology
233
Profiles
241
Notes
249
Bibliographic Essay
297
Bibliography
303
Index
311
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Eric Thomas Chester, PhD, taught economics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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