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We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World (The Working Class in American History) Paperback – Abridged, 1 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Abridged edition edition (1 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252069056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252069055
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The history of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) can be understood only in relation to the economic and social changes that between 1877 and 1917 transformed the United States in to the world's leading industrial nation. Read the first page
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Five Stars 23 Aug 2014
By Fred McColly - Published on Amazon.com
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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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Not the classic it's presented as... 5 Sep 2001
By morgan miller - Published on Amazon.com
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.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
IWW History 17 Mar 2013
By Dean A Strang - Published on Amazon.com
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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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