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Most docudramas or documentaries are filled with learned `talking heads' telling us what the historical significance of this or that event meant. And that concept has its place in our search for understanding of our history, good or bad. The filmmakers had seemingly gone out and found every last old time rank and file or middle level cadre Wobblie that still uttered breathe at the time of the film creation (1979). Here we get the voice, sometimes loud, sometimes confused, sometimes haltingly, sometimes not very articulately telling the story of the Wobblies down at the base-the place where all class struggle ultimately has to be resolved.Read more ›
"Wobblies" is the story of the IWW, from its origins to its near destruction during World War I. Disliked by industrialists and labor leaders alike, the IWW was really the only radical workers organization the US has ever spawned. It accepted everyone who earned a wage, crossing all color lines in a day and age when the more conventional labor unions refused to admit people of color. Led by stalwarts such as Big Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the IWW grew in strength from coast to coast, organizing first lumberjacks and miners, and then factory workers, stevedores, and other unskilled laborers. It fought the Lawrence textile mills in 1912 and won; the Patterson factories in 1913, and lost; the the railroads on the Pacific coast in 1917, and won again. It was an up and coming force, and it scared the heck out of the political and financial powers that be.
So in 1917, with Woodrow Wilson's blessing, the government busted the IWW on rigged charges that it encouraged young men to resist serving in the armed forces. Virtually all the leadership was sentenced to incredible prison sentences under the Espionage Act, and the Wobblies, already beginning to splinter internally from feuds between anarchist and communist members, declined.
But it was a great and glorious dream.Read more ›
Regardless of the label put on economics, Broad-Based(many workers) purchasing power(demand) remains essential for healthy markets, just as Broad-Based Ownership(many well-paid workers) remains indispensible for healthy democracies. The Washington consensus of Chicago economics(closed system vs. Web of Debt by Ellen Brown) puts the economic health of communities worldwide at risk.
Needless to say the battles hard fought to win worker's rights are being stripped away, as I write this. So I looking for an ENCORE performance 21st style. Altough labor's legs are wobbly, there numbers are Titanic in Strength. Just needs a way to get past the corporate press/media, to organize and get back what was lost and then some.
Yes, I like it! Workers of the World UNITE!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What I like about this documentary is that it includes interviews from individuals who were part of the IWW, which are invaluable in understanding this early, radical labor... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Becky
A part of history the powers that be don't want you to know about. Our schooling is incomplete ... By design.Published 14 months ago by Geoffrey A. Petrasek
I loved the story this movie tells. I really loved hearing the stories these people have to share. I had to watch this film for class to write a paper, and this movie makes it... Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Arrielle
I ordered this dvd for my AP U.S history class, hoping that this would shed more light on the Wobblies because our textbook only had a little snippet about their endeavors. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by rinab30
This documentary film produced and directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer contains a treasure trove of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) memorabilia reminiscent of Joyce... Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Craig A. Breighner
The Wobblies is a wonderful, moving documentary about the great radical American labor union. I showed this to my labor law students, most of whom were far from hard-core union... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Eric M. Fink
"The Wobblies" came quickly in the mail in its original sealed wrapping. The documentary had many filmed interviews of members sharing their experiences in the IWW. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by JimC
They were seasoned seniors in 1979, so most of them are undoubtedly gone by now. This movie was made as part of an oral history project to capture the memories of those involved... Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Barbara Frederick