Red November, Black November: Culture and Community in the Industrial Workers of the World

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SUNY Press, Jul 15, 1989 - Political Science - 220 pages
Red November, Black November is a study of the culture of the I. W. W. movement at the turn of the twentieth century. It analyzes the Wobblies use of cultural expressions such as songs, poems, and cartoons as a means of educating and unifying workers, and as weapons in the struggle against the repressive social conditions of industrial development. The book emphasizes the important role played by immigrant activists, Wobbly artists, and intellectuals, offering a fascinating portrait of the complexity of pre-World War I labor radicalism.

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Contents

Historians and the IWW
19
The Myth of Frontier Origins
45
Anarchists at the Founding Convention
69
The IWW and the CGT
93
Art and Politics AnarchoSyndicalist Tactics in IWW Art Forms
119
Wobbly Sensibility Conclusions and Implications
143
Notes
153
Bibliography
183
Index
213
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Salvatore Salerno is Professor on the Community Faculty staff of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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