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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-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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This is the classic history of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the influential band of labor militants whose activism mobilized America's poorest and most marginalized workers in the years before World War I.

Originally published in 1969, Melvyn Dubofsky's We Shall Be All has remained the definitive archive-based history of the IWW. While much has been written on aspects of the IWW's history in the past three decades, nothing has duplicated or surpassed this authoritative work. The present volume, an abridged version of this labor history classic, makes the compelling story of the IWW accessible to a new generation of readers.

In its heyday, between 1905 and 1919, the IWW nourished a dream of a better America where poverty would be erased and where all people would walk free and equal. More than half a century ago the Wobblies tried in their own ways to grapple with issues that still plague the nation in a more sophisticated and prosperous era. Their example has inspired radicals in America and abroad over the greater part of a century.

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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: #644,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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the unabridged is better but this covers the intricacies of the iww's history much better than kornbluh.
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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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