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Revolutionary Industrial Unionism


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1. 'Flowers to the rebels failed'; 2. 'On the industrial as well as on the political field': the IWW Clubs, 1905-1910; 3. 'Wild men from Yankeeland': the arrival of the Chicago IWW, 1910-1914; 4. 'Education, organisation, emancipation': the revolutionary project; 5. 'We, the hoboes': who were the Wobblies?; 6. 'No barriers of race': the challenge to working-class racism; 7. 'It's great to fight for freedom with a rebel girl': the answer to the Woman Question; 8. 'A real democracy': organisation and practice; 9. 'A poor day's work for a poor day's pay': ethics and economics, 10. 'Bump me into parliament': the critique of Labourism, 11. 'An injury to one an injury to all': direct industrial action, 12. 'Let those who own Australia do the fighting: opposing the war, 13. 'With the ferocity of a Bengal tiger': the state responds, 14. 'Set the twelve men free': the release campaign, 15. What happened to the Wobblies?

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A history of the International Workers of the World (IWW) in Australia, this book is both lively and scholarly.


."..the book makes an important contribution to the historiography of the Australian IWW. Burgmann brings new material and a fresh perspective to the study of industrial unionism by examining the important differences between the Australian IWW and the American IWW." Salvatore Salerno, American Historical Review

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