The Wobblies (1979)
This informative documentary covers the trials and bloody conflicts endured by the International Workers Of The World, or Wobblies. The unskilled laborers fought long and hard against management in an effort to strengthen their bargaining power through the labor union. Interviews with surviving members are included with silent film footage that chronicles the member's struggle. The IWW was met with violence in 1912 at Laurence, Massachusetts and at Patterson, New Jersey in 1913. A 1916 strike advocating an 8-hour work day led to a massacre in Everett, Washington. Union leaders Big Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn are shown in action championing the causes of the beleaguered laborers. Popular songs of the era from Joe Hill further underscore the group whose mottos included "No Master, No God" and "Trust In The Lord And Sleep In The Street." The films also goes into detail how members of the IWW were ignored by the American Federation Of Labor (AFL). … More
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An excellent introduction to the IWW, both its history and its working philosophy. I would say this is fair and unbiased in its presentation, but I know that anti-IWW folks would probably disagree. Possibly the greatest point of disagreement would be that the IWW is presented as a group who did not participate in as many violent actions as they are often accused of. Now because I wasn't personally on hand for every single event in which the IWW participated, it would be hard to verify this as truth, but my stateside grandfather, who was an original Wobblie and a member of the IBEW, often talked about how claims of IWW violence were exaggerated by management and government for political purposes. Me? I believe my grandfather.More
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