Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology
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The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), commonly known as the Wobblies, were among the most well-respected and largest unions in the United States in the early 20th century. Having organized the first major automobile industry strike as well as major coalfield and transit workers strikes, the IWW has a history of being a fierce advocate for the worker. Long before most other unions, IWW welcomed women, African-Americans, and immigrants into their ranks, making the Wobblies among the most progressive organizations of the era. As the only comprehensive history of the IWW, this chronicle anthologizes nearly every important document and essay in the Wobblies' rich history. The impact of the IWW has reverberated through the history of unions and organized labor, and this is their story.
to ’em. It’s funny that way. Here Pearlie and me could have said all the things in the books in our own way and nobody would have listened to us. But if you get down on print paper with the facts where a fellow can see them, lookin’ at the words is a lot like lookin’ at the things themselves. If you only hear somebody say it, why, that don’t carry no weight. Most anybody can make a noise. One by one the stumpers commenced to line up, and from all the pamphlets that was bought I bet that a lot
commercial art. As staff-artist for Charles H. Kerr’s socialist publishing house in Chicago he illustrated and/or designed covers for many books and pamphlets, including Edward Bellamy’s Parable of the Water Tank and that early radical ecological classic, Germs of Mind in Plants, by Austrian botanist Raoul France. Chaplin contributed lettering and numerous drawings to the Kerr Company’s International Socialist Review, edited by that colorful libertarian socialist (and later Wobbly) agitator, Mary
out Patriotic and Political Devils, that we came unto the City which is called Sacto, where were multitudes of people. (17) And we spake unto them, saying: (18) Man gets but little here below, and if ye would that ye have more, (19) Strike not at the ballot box (20) Lest ye strike it with a great axe and cast it forth into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of political freaks’ teeth. (21) But organize into the Union which is called of man I.W.W. for your
wholesale firing of men by foremen, the arduous nature of the work, and the temporary nature of the employment, keep the worker constantly in motion. He does not usually have enough to pay his fare, if he is to exist at all in the town whilst waiting for the next job. Therefore, the only alternative is to beat the trains. This is also the only method of following the harvests over the wide stretches of country, where to pay a fare would be impossible usually and ruinous always. Hoboing is,
we were all seized with cramps and diarrhea. That night all of the buckets and the toilet were in constant use. All thru the next day, the jailer received such a thorough and constant cussing that they left us locked in our cells until the next morning, thereby laying keel for another “Batttleship.” Solidarity, April 21, 1917. Taking Some Liberty Some one found that there was about 3/4 of an inch slack in the locking mechanism. Now here is a lesson in organized or concerted action. Each four