Solidarity Forever: An Oral History of the IWW
By Stewart Bird, Dan Georgakas and Deborah Shaffe
The IWW was the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the Wobblies. Founded in 1905, the Wobblies aspired to bring all workers into a single, huge union that could be strong enough to do battle with the corporate giants of their time and help build an economic system in which production would be geared for the public good rather than for private profit.
An estimated three million workers joined the IWW between its founding and its decline following World War I, attracted by its militancy, its democratic rule, its overall anti-capitalist message, and the charisma of its leadership, which included “Big Bill” Haywood, Joe Hill, Mother Jones and co-founder Eugene V. Debs.
This book is a wonderful collection of IWW members’ oral histories interspersed with the authors’ comments about this fascinating and vitally important piece of American and labor history. Includes more than 50 photos and cartoons. Originally published in 1985, now in its fourth printing.
“A great book. I wish it were used in American history courses in every high school and college in the USA. The story of the Wobblies has a lot to teach us and inspire us as well.” 248 pages paperback
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