We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World (abridged ed.) (The Working Class in American History) Abridged Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0252069055
ISBN-10: 0252069056
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"This condensed version of the IWW's history is a useful contribution to US labor studies." -- Choice "This new, abridged version is a more accessible resource for academic audiences as well as general readers... Remains the definitive study of this fascinating American institution." -- Marcus Wedenor, Oregon Historical Quarterly
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Product Details

  • Series: Working Class in American History
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Abridged edition (September 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252069056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252069055
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 35 people found the following review helpful By morgan miller on September 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book caused a major stir when first released in the 60s. But labor history studies have changed a great deal since that time. The entire orientation of this book is patronizing to the amazing works of the IWW.
For example:
1) It completely ignores the IWW's international aspects, for example that the IWW had more influence in Chile and Australia than in the US and Canada.
2) It glosses over the IWWs activities during the 1920s, the Marine Transport Workers' control of the Wetsern Hemisphere's shipping, longshore workers in North America, the 1927 Colorado Miners' Strike, etc. etc.
3) It has no coherent understanding of why the IWW declined. How FDR worked with Lewis and the CIO to force unionization, the principled stands the IWW took to stop the rise of business unionism, and some buttheadedess by the IWW's membership.
It contains many good stories and is an OK overview. The definitive work is still waiting on the subject.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred McColly on August 22, 2014
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the unabridged is better but this covers the intricacies of the iww's history much better than kornbluh.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean A Strang on March 17, 2013
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Arguably the definitive history of the IWW by a careful historian, rightly esteemed. Other labor historians of this era almost always owe him some debt.
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