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Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology

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This new edition of a classic is by far the biggest and best source on IWW history, fiction, songs, art, and lore.

Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology

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Welcoming women, blacks, & immigrants long before most other unions, the Wobblies from the start were labor's outstanding pioneers and innovators, unionizing hundreds of thousands of workers previously regarded as "unorganizable." Wobblies organized the first sit-down strike (at General Electric, Schenectady, 1906), the first major auto strike (6,000 Studebaker workers, Detroit, 1911), the first strike to shut down all three coalfields in Colorado (1927), and the first "no-fare" transit-workers' job-action (Cleveland, 1944). With their imaginative, colorful, and world-famous strikes and free-speech fights, the IWW wrote many of the brightest pages in the annals of working-class emancipation. Wobblies also made immense and invaluable contributions to workers' culture. All but a few of America's most popular labor songs are Wobbly songs. IWW cartoons have long been recognized as labor's finest and funniest. The impact of the IWW has reverberated far beyond the ranks of organized labor. An important influence on the 1960s New Left, the Wobbly theory and practice of direct action, solidarity, and "class-war" hu8mor have inspired several generations of civil rights and anti-war activists, and are a major source of ideas and inspiration for today's radicals. Indeed, virtually every movement seeking to "make this planet a good place to live" (to quote an old Wobbly slogan) has drawn on the IWW's incomparable experience. Originally published in 1964 and long out of print, Rebel Voices remains by far the biggest and best source on IWW history, fiction, songs, art, & lore. This new edition includes 40 pages of additional material from the 1998 Charles H. Kerr edition and a new preface by Wobbly organizer Daniel Gross.

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Author Edited by Joyce L. Kornbluh
Publisher PM Press
Format Paperback
Pages 447
ISBN-10 1604864830
ISBN-13 9781604864830

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