Revolutionary Industrial Unionism: The Industrial Workers of the World in Australia

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CUP Archive, Oct 16, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 346 pages
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The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Australia are better known for the stories told about them than for any document historical significance. Renowned for their audacity and hooliganism the 'Wobblies' were particularly notorious for their active opposition to World War I. This landmark book conveys the vitality and drama of Wobbly activity, and also assesses the impact of the IWW on Australian political and labour history. Drawing from an impressive range of sources, Verity Burgmann writes with vigour and passion about Wobbly culture, and describes their doctrines, methods and organisation. The book highlights the unique nature of the IWW in Australia, and traces Wobbly influence in much post-war activity. Now, with the widespread collapse of communism and the inadequacies of labour parties, the IWW, as an alternative form of revolutionary working-class politics, merits renewed investigation.
 

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Contents

Flowers to the rebels failed
1
Notes
5
the arrival of the
27
Chicago IWW 19101914
35
Donald Grant speaking in the Sydney Domain
37
who were the Wobblies?
61
Tom Barker one of the IWW agitators
70
the challenge to workingclass racism
79
direct industrial action
159
The IWW was blamed for the defeat of the conscription
161
The IWW condemned the First World War Direct Action
182
Syd Nicholls cartoon Direct Action
191
the state responds
203
Donald Grant
219
the release campaign
229
Direct Actions comment on the imprisonment of the Twelve
230

IWW recruiting stickers
86
The Rebel Girl May Ewart Wilson
99
organisation and practice
111
Direct Actions response to the prohibition of street speaking
122
ethics and economics
130
IWW recruiting stickers
141
the critique of Laborism
143
The cry for Direct Action contrasted with Craft Unionism
151
What happened to the Wobblies?
246
Newcastles Industrialist and the One Big Union
254
IWW demonstrations in Perth August 1939
268
Cartoon from IWW poster Melbourne 1970s
275
Select Bibliography
312
Index
328
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