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The life stories of eight working-class militants railroaded to prison or the gallows for the 1886 Haymarket bombing in Chicago. Written from prison, these accounts present a living portrait of the labor movement of the time, as well as the lives and ideas of these fighters for workers' rights. 'A carefully prepared and useful study of the bombing event in Chicago in May, 1886, which marked a bloody turning in American labor history.'
The famous Wobbly poet, songwriter and organizer was executed in Salt Lake City on November 19, 1915. Many felt that he was not guilty of the murder he was charged with, that he did not have a fair trial, and that he was the victim of class persecution. Here the noted American labor historian presents the first complete study of this important labor case. Based on exhaustive research in a wide variety of sources, many never before examined, Dr. Foner conclusively demonstrates that Joe Hill was the victim of a colossal frameup.
The History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol. 1: From Colonial Times to the Founding of the American Federation of Laborby Philip S. Foner
Textbook on: Early trade unions and labor parties; The 10-hour movement; Northern labor and slavery; Labor and the Civil War; Rise of the Knights of Labor; Depression 1873-78 and strikes; Labor political action, and more.
History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol. II: From the Founding of the American Federation of Labor to the Emergence of American Imperialismby Philip S. Foner
This work includes information about: '80s Socialist movement and Labor, the Knights of Labor, Haymarket and May Day, Labor political action, the rise of the AFL, the Homestead strike, Coal creek and Cour d'Alene, American Railway Union, Pullman strike, Labor populism, Labor and the Spanish-American War, Labor and imperialism, and more.
History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol. III: The Policies and Practices of the American Federation of Labor, 1900-1909by Philip S. Foner
Labor at the turn of the Century; Open-shop drive; National Civic Federation; The church and labor; business unionism; Craft vs industrial unions; Women, Black and immigrant workers; AFL political policies; the Socialists; Western Federation of Miners; the American Labor Union, more.
History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol. IV: The Industrial Workers of the World 1905-1917by Philip S. Foner
Dedicated to Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, this is the stirring account of IWW battles West and East.
Radical songwriter and organizer Joe Hill was murdered by the capitalist state in 1915, but his songs continue to inspire working-class activists and musicians. In this collection of letters, assembled by radical historian Philip Foner with new material by Alexis Buss, readers are provided a window into the political reflections and personal struggles behind Hill's legend.
"I know of no East or West, North nor South when it comes to my class fighting the battle for justice." From the end of the Civil War until her death in 1930 at the age of 100, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was a tireless fighter for the working class. Declaring "I reside wherever the workers are fighting the robbers," she participated in battles together with coal miners in West Virginia, garment workers in New York, steelworkers in Chicago, streetcar workers in Texas, brewery workers in Milwaukee, and countless others. For her activities she was frequently victimized by the bosses' system of justice, and spent time in many a prison cell. A prosecutor in West Virginia termed her "the most dangerous woman in America." Much of her efforts went into the great battles to organize the United Mine Workers of America. Throughout the coalfields of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Alabama, and elsewhere, she joined with miners facing cops and troops, hired gun thugs and special deputies, judges and prosecutors, bringing to bear the power of the union. Today Mother Jones remains a symbol of struggle for miners and their supporters in their ongoing battles against the coal bosses.
Pioneer for the struggle for Afro-American liberation and for African liberation, prolific Black scholar, W.E.B. Du Bois is one of the giants of the twentieth century. Yet until very recently his contributions have been largely ignored. Today a growing number of Black and white scholars and students are reading and re-reading many of Du Bois's works and increasingly appreciating his contributions towards advancing the modern civil rights movement and the achievement of African independence. This volume the second of a two-volume collection is devoted to his speeches from 1920 to his death in 1963. The first volume covers the period of his earliest speeches in the 1890s to the close of the First World War. Nearly all of the speeches in these two volumes have never before been published in book form. W.E.B. Du Bois Speaks covers the full range of issues involving Black Americans from the era of slavery to the contemporary period. In these speeches, Du Bois set forth clearly and in his usual magnificent prose the various strategies in the Black liberation struggle. But as a profound believer in socialism and internationalism, he also made it clear that this struggle was linked with the interests of all who lived in the United States, regardless of color. An anti-imperialist from his youth, Du Bois repeatedly emphasizes in his speeches the need for all Americans to unite in the struggle against colonialism and for peace. Each speech is preceded by a brief description of the circumstances under which it was delivered and there are explanatory notes by the editor throughout the volume.