WOBBLIES OF THE WORLD: A Global History of the Industrial Workers of the World
Wed, July 14 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM$7 – $11
Edited by Peter Cole, David Struthers, Kenyon Zimmer
The Industrial Workers of the World is a union unlike any other. Founded in 1905 in Chicago, it rapidly gained members across the world thanks to its revolutionary, internationalist outlook. By using powerful organizing methods including direct-action and direct-democracy, it put power in the hands of workers. This philosophy is labeled as ‘revolutionary industrial unionism’ and the members called, affectionately, Wobblies.
This book is the first to look at the history of the IWW from an international perspective. Bringing together a group of leading scholars, it includes lively accounts from a number diverse countries including Australia, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden and Ireland, which reveal a fascinating story of global anarchism, syndicalism and socialism.
PETER COLE is Professor of History at Western Illinois University and Research Associate at the Society, Work and Development Institute, University of the Witwatersrand. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront (University of Illinois Press, 2007). DAVID M. STRUTHERS is author of The World in a City: Multiethnic Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles, KENYON ZIMMER is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of Immigrants Against the State (University of Illinois Press, 2015).
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