Labor and World War I, 1914-1918 - Vol. 7

Labor and World War I, 1914-1918 - Vol. 7

Labor and World War I, 1914-1918 - Vol. 7

Labor and World War I, 1914-1918 - Vol. 7


Socialist Party, organized labor, the IWW during WWI; Mooney-Billings frameup; Women and Black workers during WWI; struggles in mining and lumber, Wartime repression of the IWW, Socialists, more.


This is the seventh volume of my History of the Labor Movement in the United States, a series which represents the first multivolume effort to encompass labor history since the publications by John R. Commons and Associates in 1918 and 1932, and certainly the first ever by a single scholar. The sixth volume of the series covered the years 1915-1916, and brought the story of the labor movement to the eve of America's entrance into World War I.

Volume 7 begins with the position of the Socialist Party of America and organized labor, especially the American Federation of Labor (AFL), the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and the Railroad Brotherhoods toward the outbreak of World War I in Europe in August, 1914. It carries the story to America's entrance into the war in April, 1917, the experiences of organized labor and the Socialist Party during the war, and ends with the situation of the labor movement at the end of the war in November, 1918. Special attention, as in previous volumes, has been paid to the experiences of Black and women workers.

It was my original intention to include a discussion of the position of the labor and Socialist movements toward U. S. imperialism and militarism from the turn of the century through the Mexican Crisis of 1916. However, lack of space for its full treatment in this volume made this plan impractical. This material is being published as an independent volume by the Marxist Educational Press, Minneapolis.

As in the case of the previous volumes, this work could not have been completed without the generous assistance of numerous libraries and historical societies. I am again indebted to Dorothy Swanson and her staff at the Tamiment Institute, Elmer Bobst Library, New York University, for kind assistance and cooperation. I also again wish to thank the staff of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for assistance in the use of the Archives of the American Federation of Labor. I also wish to thank the staffs of the Library of Congress, National Archives, New York Public Library, U. S. Department of Labor, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College; Bancroft Library . . .

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