The I. W. W.: A Study of American Syndicalism

The I. W. W.: A Study of American Syndicalism

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The I. W. W.: A Study of American Syndicalism

The I. W. W.: A Study of American Syndicalism

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The first edition of this book was published in 1919. The first printing of the second edition appeared in 1920. The I. W. W. remains today what it always has been, a small union. One of the remakable things about it is the fact that, despite a host of difficulties and obstacles--notably the anti-radical campaign of suppression carried through by the federal government in 1917 --it does remain, that it has managed to maintain life--and activity--through half a century. Its official paper, the Industrial Worker (which, incidentally, has appeared almost without interruption throughout the 50-year period), reports in its issue dated October 1st, 1956, the maintenance of I. W. W. "halls and branches" in a dozen cities in the United States; in Port Arthur, Canada; in four cities in Great Britain; in Sydney, Australia; and in Hagersten, Sweden. Its most recent convention, the twenty-seventh, was held in Chicago on June 27th, 1955, fifty years to the day after its launching in 1905. The mimeographed minutes of the convention proceedings show that it was attended by eight delegates and five officers. The general secretary-treasurer reported to the convention that the organization was "at a low ebb in membership". No membership figures, however, were disclosed. However, the general headquarters of the I. W. W. in Chicago advises that the organization "now has about two thousand members in good standing", of whom about twenty per cent are in the marine transport industry, "and the rest scattered in all lines of work". Membership now probably is at an all-time low. Mr. Fred Thompson, compiler of the recently published history of the organization, writes: "There is . . .

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