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Book Title: I.W.W. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent: A Facsimile Reprint of the Popular 19th Edition|
The author of the book: The Industrial Workers of the World
Edition: PM Press
Date of issue: February 24th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781604869507
Format files: PDF
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Undoubtedly the most popular book in American labor history, the I.W.W.’s Little Red Song Book has been a staple item on picket lines and workers’ gatherings for generations and has gone through numerous editions. As a result of I.W.W. efforts to keep up with the times, however, recent versions of the songbook have omitted most of the old-time favorites, especially the raucous lyrics of the free-spirited hoboes who made up such a large portion of the union’s membership in its heyday. Reprinted here is the 19th edition, originally issued in 1923, the year the I.W.W. reached its peak membership. Of the 52 songs in this book, the overwhelming majority have not been included in the I.W.W.’s own songbooks for many years. Here are such classics as Joe Hill’s “John Golden and the Lawrence Strike,” “We Will Sing One Song,” “Scissor Bill,” “The Tramp,” and others; T-Bone Slim’s “I’m Too Old to Be a Scab,” “Mysteries of a Hobo’s Life,” “I Wanna Free Miss Liberty,” and others; Ralph Chaplin’s “All Hell Can’t Stop Us,” “Up from Your Knees,” “May Day Song,” and more; and other songs by C. G. Allen, Richard Brazier, Pat Brennan, James Connelly, Laura Payne Emerson, and many others.
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Read information about the authorThe Industrial Workers of the World is an international union currently headquartered in Cincinnati. At its 1923 peak it claimed over 100,000 members in good standing & could marshal the support of many more. Membership declined dramatically after a 1924 split brought on by internal conflict. Today it's actively organizing & numbers about 2,000 worldwide. Membership doesn't require that one work in a represented workplace, nor does it exclude membership other unions.
The IWW contends that all workers should be united as a class & the wage system should be abolished. They may be best known for the Wobbly Shop model of workplace democracy, in which workers elect recallable delegates, & other norms of grassroots democracy (self-management) are implemented.
The IWW was founded in Chicago at a convention of 200 socialists, anarchists & radical trade unionists from all over the USA (notably the Western Federation of Miners) who were opposed to the policies of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). The
convention, which took place on 6/27/05, was then referred to as the "Industrial Congress" or the "Industrial Union Convention"—it would later be known as the 1st Annual Convention of the IWW. It's considered one of the most important events in the history of the labor movement. Its 1st organizers included Wm D. (Big Bill) Haywood, Daniel DeLeon, Eugene Victor Debs, Thomas J. Hagerty, Lucy Parsons, "Mother" Mary Harris Jones, Frank Bohn, Wm Trautmann, Vincent St John, Ralph Chaplin & many others. Notable members of the Industrial Workers of the World have included Helen Keller; Joe Hill; Ralph Chaplin; Tom Morello; Ricardo Flores Magon; James P. Cannon; James Connolly; Jim Larkin; Paul Mattick; David Dellinger; Elizabeth Gurley Flynn; Sam Dolgoff, Monty Miller; Indian Nationalist Lala Hardayal; Frank Little; ACLU founder Roger Nash Baldwin; Harry Bridges; Buddhist beat poet Gary Snyder; Australian poets Harry Hooton & Lesbia Harford; anthropologist David Graeber; graphic artist Carlos Cortez; counterculture icon Kenneth Rexroth; Surrealist Franklin Rosemont; Rosie Kane & Carolyn Leckie, former Members of the Scottish Parliament; Judi Bari; folk musicians Utah Phillips & David Rovics; mixed martial arts fighter Jeff Monson; Finnish folk music legend Hiski Salomaa; US Green Party politician James M. Branum; Teacher Saul Fleider; Catholic Workers Dorothy Day & Ammon Hennacy; nuclear engineer Susanna Johnson; and Noam Chomsky. The former lieutenant governor of Colorado, David C. Coates was a labor militant, & was present at the founding convention.