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  1. The Rise & Fall of the Dil Pickle Club

    The Rise & Fall of the Dil Pickle Club


    What do Lucy Parsons, Clarence Darrow, Carl Sandburg, Mary MacLane, Lawrence Lipton, Elizabeth Davis (Queen of the Hoboes), Jun Fujita, Sherwood Anderson, Ralph Chaplin, Katherine Dunham, Djuna Barnes, Kenneth Rexroth, Sam Dolgoff, and Slim Brundage have in common? They were all Dil Picklers! Founded in 1914 by former Wobbly Jack Jones, Irish revolutionist Jim Larkin, and a group of fantastic IWW-oriented Bughouse Square hobos and soapboxers, the Dil Pickle Club, in just a few years, was widely recognized as the wildest, most playful, most creative, and most radical nightspot in the known universe—especially after Dr. Ben Reitman joined the club in 1917. In this book, Franklin Rosemont has collected forty-one reminiscences of the Dil Pickle by poets, artists, journalists, novelists, hobos, scholars, anarchist, wobblies, and other assorted radicals and oddballs. This brand new edition (for 2013) includes an introduction by Paul Durica. Learn More
  2. Walls & Bars

    Walls & Bars


    Prisons & Prison Life in the 'Land of the Free'

    by Eugene V. Debs

    Introduction by David Dellinger

    Deb's only full-length book (first published in 1927) is a lively memoir as well as a stirring critique, drawing on his own prison experiences. He served time for his leading role in the Pullman Strike in 1894, and was sent to the penitentiary again in 1919 for opposing World War 1. In 1920, as Convict N. 9653, he ran for President on the Socialist ticket and received a million votes. Debs explains in this book why prisons don't (and can't) reform or deter anyone, and how prisons in fact create criminals. He discusses prison labor and the links between prison and militarism. Above all, he exposes the class bias of the entire US criminal justice system, showing that 'the prison problem is directly correlated with poverty.' His conclusion: 'Capitalism and crime have become almost synonymous terms.' Arguing that prison 'should not merely be reformed but abolished,' Debs called for a socialism of solidarity, freedom and love, firmly rooted in industrial democracy, without which political democracy is a sham. Only with the advent of such a social revolution, Debs's view, can society succeed in 'taking the jail out of man as well taking man out of jail'. This handsome new edition contains an important introduction by David Dellinger - himself a lifelong revolutionary, and no stranger to prisons.

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  3. Carl Sandburg: The People's Pugilist

    Carl Sandburg: The People's Pugilist


    Edited and Introduced by Matthias Regan

    Carl Sandburg is widely known as the 'great' poet from Illinois, and especially remembered for his monumental three-volume biographical study of Abraham Lincoln. He was also a journalist, author of children's stories, and pathbreaking songwriter. This new collection of his writings conveys the excitement and tragedy of his times and his commitment to a movement for change.

    'Like the Wobbly's favorite son, Joe Hill, Sandburg created a rabble-rousing persona in order to provoke a revolution in everyday life. Sandburg's prose brings the romantic figure of the modern poet as a polemicist, an orator for the people, together with the figure of the journalist as a gallant, acerbic muckraker. This figure becomes a vehicle from which to disseminate a radical vision of modern democracy. The articulation of this modern world-view was what composed the Charles H. Kerr Company's 'house style' for its Review, making it a forerunner of such crucial modernist literary organs as Poetry magazine; indeed, it was in the Review, not Poetry magazine, that the best of Sandburg's Chicago Poems first appeared.' [From the introduction]

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  4. 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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  5. A Year in the Life of a Factory

    A Year in the Life of a Factory


    by Maynard Sneider

    In 1973, out of work university graduate Maynard Seider took the only job he could get in San Francisco at the time, at a factory. Here's an account of his year of factory toil - and of his workmates, management, rebellion, the union, and a whole lot more

    'I learned more about worklife from this account of a run-of-the-mill year and run-of-the-mill strike, than from a hundred stories of historic labor struggles. Seider shows that those nameless and faceless factories that litter the view from freeways in every American city are battlegrounds where a war is fought at a low, low heat, but fought daily.'
    --Joan Holden, playwright, San Francisco Mime Troupe
    'Seider has a wonderful ability to portray the intimate details of workgroups and the interplay of personality and power in the world of work. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about what it's like to work in a factory today or to introduce students to the realities of American industrial life.'
    --Jeremy Brecher


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  6. Starving Amidst Too Much

    Starving Amidst Too Much


    & Other IWW Writings on the Food Industry

    by T-Bone Slim, L. S. Chumley, Jim Seymour, and Jack Sheridan

    edited and introduced by Peter Rachleff, Foreword by Carlos Cortez

    This is a book about the irrepressible conflict between the poorly-paid workers who actually feed the world and the parasitical multi-billionaire corporate powers that make the rules and grab the profits. Reproduced here are rare classic documents on the 'food question' by four old-time members of North America's most creative, colorful and uncompromising union: the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), known as Wobblies.

    Here is the greatest Wob writer of them all, the one and only T-Bone Slim, whose detailed critique of the industry-chockful of penetrating insight and knockout black humor-is reminiscent of Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Péret

    Organizer L. S. Chumley portrays the horrid living and working conditions of hotel and restaurant workers circa 1918. Here, too, is Wobbly troubadour Jim Seymour, with his inspired saga of 'The Dishwasher' and reflections on the possibilities of a radically different diet.

    Jack Sheridan's survey of the role of food in ancient and modern civilization is a crash-course in the materialist conception of history at its Wobbly soapboxer best.

    In the introduction, historian/activist Peter Rachleff traces the history of food-workers' self-organization, and brings the book up to date with a look at current point-ofproduction struggles against an ecocidal agri-business and the union-busting fast-food chains.

    'What the WobbIies of yesteryear had to say about the all important 'food question' is still relevant in our time.'
    --From the Foreword by Carlos Cortez
    'The pamphlets, columns, and articles collected in this volume make available to us a rich wellspring of ideas. . . offer today's workers a first class breakfast, a place to begin consideration of all our places in the food chain, from farming to processing and production to the preparation and serving of meals The metaphor reminds us of the ways that workers and consumers are bound in their work and by their most fundamental of bodily practices-eating-by broad economic and social decisions from which workers' input has been excluded. We are bound by these chains of the food industry. T-Bone Slim, L.S. Chumley, Jack Sheridan, and Jim Seymour offer us acute analyses of these industries and processes, and, even more importantly, they offer us access to the IWW vision of how to break these chains, how to change the world.'
    --From the Introduction by Peter Rachleff Peter Rachleff, author of (Hard-Pressed in the Heartland: The Hormel Strike and the Future of the Labor Movement).
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  7. Direct Action & Sabotage

    Direct Action & Sabotage


    Three Classic IWW Pamphlets From The 1910s

    by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Walker C. Smith & William E. Trautman

    These IWW pamphlets from the 1910s are reprinted here to reaffirm the IWW spirit of rank-and-file initiative and solidarity at a time when direct-action tactics are again stimulating debate. Action on the part of indigenous peoples throughout the world, anti-racists, environmental groups such as Earth First!, animal rights activists, the homeless, computer hackers, pirate radio broadcasters, as well as self-organization by rank-and-file workers and community struggles for self-determination are again challenging us to rethink these tactics.

    'Direct Action & Sabotage' (1912) by William Trautman, 'Sabotage: It's History, Philosophy And Function' (1913) by Walker Smith, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn's 'Sabotage: The Conscious Withdrawal Of The Workers' Industrial Efficiency' (1916), edited, and with an introduction by Salvatore Salerno. 'The activist authors of the text s in this collection challenged the prevailing stereotype....As they point out, the practice of direct action, and of sabotage, are as old as class society itself, and have been an integral part of the everyday worklife of wage-earners in all times and places. To the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) belongs the distinction of being the first workers' organization in the US to discuss these common practices openly, and to recognize their place in working class struggle. View direct action and sabotage in the spirit of creative nonviolence, Wobblies readily integrated these tactics into their struggle to build industrial unions.' [From the Introduction]


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  8. Dancin' in the Streets

    Dancin' in the Streets


    Anarchists, Surrealists, Situationists & Provos in the 1960s as recorded In the pages of Rebel Worker & Heat Wave

    Edited with Introductions by Franklin Rosemont and Charles Radcliffe

    Most books on the 1960s focus on large liberal organizations and reformist politics. This one is unabashedly devoted to the far left of the far left. The Rebel Worker was a mimeo'd magazine started by young members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Chicago, 1964.

    While square critics derided them as 'the left wing of the Beat Generation,' The Rebel Worker and its sister journal Heatwave in London became well known for their highly original revolutionaryperspective, innovative social/cultural criticism, and uninhibited class-war humor. Rejecting traditional left dogma, and proudly affirming the influence of Bugs Bunny and the Incredible Hulk, these playful rebels against work expanded the critique of Capital into a critique of daily life and developed a truly radical theory and practice, rooted in poetry, provocation, blues, jazz and the pleasure principle. Active in strikes, free-speech fights and other tumults, they also introduced countless readers to writings by surrealists, situationists, IWWs, anarchists, libertarian Marxists, Provos, Japanese Zengakuren, etc.

    Here for the first time in book-form are dozens of selections from both of these legendary journals, with introductions: Franklin Rosemont (editor of The Rebel Worker) and Charles Radcliffe (editor of Heatwave).

    'Look here for links between the Beat Generation 'Mimeo Revolution' and the later Underground Press, but also between traditional Marxist theory and the new 'critique of everyday life' developed by an increasingly defiant and countercultural young left that made Martha and the Vandellas' 'Dancin' in the Streets 'its international anthem.'
    --Paul Buhle
    'The dreamkillers won't have finished working over the 1960s until they flatten the soaring visions of that decade into petty quarrels between vanguardists and aspiring Democratic Party functionaries. They won't be done until they turn the movement into one without humor, without poetry, and indeed almost without motion. But dreamkilling just got lots harder. This brilliant collection gives us back the audacity, imagination, energy, laughs, wildness and chance that animated freedom dreams that are as alive today as they were 40 years ago.'
    --David Roediger


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