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This autobiography lays out the history of the Wobblies (IWW) from the front-seat position of the author of Solidarity Forever (yes, that song) and artist designer of the IWW black cat. My edition is one of those rare, nearly pristine first editions, printed in 1948. It lays out the history of labor from the turn of the last century until after WWII, and outlines all the tensions between the anarchistic salt-of-the-earth wobblies and the burgeoning Communist factions. An excellent read, but as a...
Life story of a commercial artist turned poet, cartoonist and journalist, tracing his early life and labor radicalism which leads him to a high position in the IWW and eventually hard time at Leavenworth for opposing US involvement in WW1. After release he becomes increasingly disenchanted with growing Comintern influence in the US labor movement and politics and actively opposes it during the 1930s and WW2. A great look at his life and times and up close views of Eugene Debs and big Bill Haywoo...
A great book.