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  1. From Here to There: the Staughton Lynd Reader

    From Here to There: the Staughton Lynd Reader


    Edited by Andrej Grubacic

    This collection of unpublished talks and hard-to-find essays from legendary activist-historian Staughton Lynd blends themes that encourage the rejection of capitalist imperialism, while also seeking a transition to a newly organized world. The dynamic collection provides reminiscence and analysis of the 1960s and a vision of how historians might immerse themselves in popular movements while maintaining their obligation to tell the truth. A final group of presentations, entitled “Possibilities,” explores nonviolence, resistance to empire as a way of life, and what a working-class self-activity might mean in the 21st century.

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  2. Harlem Glory

    Harlem Glory


    A Fragment of Aframerican Life

    by Claude McKay

    Written in the late 1940s but unpublished till now, this superb portrayal of Black life during the Great Depression and the New Deal is virtually a sequel to the classic Home to Harlem. Mckay's vivid, warm evocations of the omnipresent numbers racket, all-night jazz parties and the whole exuberant and cacophonous clash of social movements and ideologies - Black nationalism and industrial unionism as well as incipient Muslim and other heterodox religious formations - provide the context for a fast-paced narrative of love, work, play and revolt in Black America during one of the most stirring periods in US history. Astutely sensitive to the extraordinary vitality and diversity of Black culture, and drawing on the author's experiences in the IWW and the extreme Left of the socialist movement, Harlem Glory reveals Claude McKay at his very best.

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  3. Haymarket Scrapbook: 125th Anniversary Edition

    Haymarket Scrapbook: 125th Anniversary Edition


    Marking the 125th anniversary of the 1886 bombing at Chicago's Haymarket Square, in a revised and expanded edition co-published with the Charles H. Kerr Company, this profusely illustrated anthology reproduces hundreds of original documents, speeches, posters, and handbills, as well as contributions by many of today's finest labor and radical historians focusing on Haymarket's enduring influence around the world—including the eight-hour workday. Learn More
  4. In Quest of Heaven

    In Quest of Heaven


    The Story of the Sunrise Co-operative Farm Community

    by Joseph J. Cohen

    In 1933 a group of workers from New York, Detroit, and Chicago purchased the fourteen square mile Prarie Farm in Michigan's Saginaw Valley. This is the story of the libertarian collectivist colony known as the Sunrise Co-operative Farm Community. Written by its founder, Joseph J. Cohen, and first published by the Sunrise History Publishing Committee in 1957, In Quest of Heaven describes the growth and development of the colony and offers insight into why it ultimately failed.

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  5. Left of the Left - My Memories of Sam Dolgoff

    Left of the Left - My Memories of Sam Dolgoff


    Sam Dolgoff (1902–1990) was a house painter by trade and member of the IWW from the early 1920s until his death. Sam, along with his wife Esther, was at the center of American anarchism for seventy years, bridging the movement's generations, providing continuity between past and present, and creating some of the most vital books and journals from the Great Depression through WWII, the Civil Rights era, and into the last decade of the century. This instant classic of radical history, written with passion and humor by his son, conjures images of a lost New York City, the faded power of immigrant and working-class neighborhoods, and the blurred lines dividing proletarian and intellectual culture. Learn More
  6. Miss Lucy of the CIO

    Miss Lucy of the CIO


    the life & times of Lucy Randolph Mason

    by John A. Salmond

    A proud descendent of leading families of the South, Mason was a feminist, social activist, and spokesperson for the CIO. Salmond ( Southern Rebel ) examines her career, surprisingly liberal beliefs, and ability to use other people's stereotypes of an elite Southern lady for the benefit of working people's causes. Still, Mason played a relatively minor role in the dramas of labor and the South, and Salmond has not managed to make her life exciting nor found sources that probe the drama of her contradictory roles and values.

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  7. Portraits In Steel

    Portraits In Steel


    Photographs by Milton Rogovin

    Interviews by Michael Frisch

    This powerful book documents--in images and words--the unsettling experience of a dozen men and women workers who lost their jobs in the steel mills of Buffalo, New York, and had to fashion new lives for themselves. A stunning collection of revealing narratives that bears witness to wrenching changes in the American economy. Photographs.

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  8. Radical Works for Rebel Workers: Best of the IW 2015

    Radical Works for Rebel Workers: Best of the IW 2015


    Radical Works for Rebel Workers is a hand-picked collection of contemporary writing and imagery from a diverse crowd for the annual Working Writers Contest of the IWW. This Bilingual booklet features 10 contemporary works dealing with sexism, organizing, labor history and how to be a lifelong wobbly. Get two, and remember: IWW literature is better shared with a fellow worker! Learn More
  9. Rebel Pen

    Rebel Pen


    The Writings of Mary Heaton Vorse

    Edited by Dee Garrison

    Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966) was a leading labor journalist and feminist whose eloquent writing covered alll the major labor and radical events in the United States and Europe in the first half of the century. This collection, which focuses on Vorse's enduring contribution to labor journalism, includes pieces on the textile workers' strike in Lawrence in 1912, the steel strike in 1919, the textile workers' strikes in Passaic and Gastonia in the 1920s, the CIO battles in Michigan and Ohio in the 1930s, and the fight against corruption on the waterfront in the 1950s. Eachselection is preceded by an introduction outlining the context and history of these struggles.

    As a journalist, Mary Heaton Vorse covered the most important labor battles of this century. But she also wrote as a woman, a mother, and an active participant in the intellectual world of Greenwhich Village in the 1920s and in the early years of the women's suffrage, peace, and birth control movements. An activist and feminist, she wrote of women's lives as well as struggles for social justice throughout the world. This volume includes selections from each of these areas of her life, as well as rare autobiographical writing on her ongoing effort to reconcile the demands of motherhood with those of her profession.

    In an analytrical and biographical introduction Dee Garrison rounds out the intellectual and emotional aspects of this very political woman's life, bringing alive her courage and determination, and making it again part of our heritage.

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  10. Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology

    Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology


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

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