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Broadside: To Dead Fighters for Freedom (Funeral Chant)

Broadside: To Dead Fighters for Freedom (Funeral Chant)

by MAHLER, Herbert

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New York, 1949. First Edition. Quarto (28cm.); mimeographed on yellow stock. Extremities just a hint toned and rather brittle with one long closed tear to bottom edge affecting one word without loss of meaning. Very Good overall. Poem dated July 12, 1949, and "Dedicated to the memory of Benjamin H. Fletcher, veteran Negro revolutionary Industrialist Unionist who died July 10, 1949, and to all other valiant ones who died in the fight for Freedom." Fletcher was one of the most prominent leaders of the IWW as a member Local 8, the IWW branch of Philadelphia longshoremen, consequently convicted along with hundreds of other IWW members for treasonous activity during World War I. Sentenced to 10 years, he ultimately served three after which most sentences were commuted. Herber Mahler, the author of this poem and General Secretary-Treasurer of the IWW from 1931-2, was also among those who served time. Broadside unlocated in OCLC as of October, 2015.
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Comrade Yetta

Comrade Yetta

by [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] EDWARDS, Albert (pseud. of Arthur Bullard)

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New York: The Macmillan Company, 1913. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); dark blue cloth, blocked and titled in burgundy and gilt on spine and front cover; viii, 448, [8]pp ads. Neat, contemporary owner's name and date to front endpaper (a "Dr. L.W. Truman"). Mild external wear, with light rubbing to corners and spine ends; hinges very lightly pulled; a clean and unmarked copy, easily Very Good. Among the more nuanced Socialist novels of the 'teens and, according to Rideout, one of the first serious portrayals of the I.W.W. in American fiction. The book is also noteworthy for offering a woman protagonist who, in contrast to the formulaic society-girl-turned-socialist so common to the radical "conversion" novels of the period, is here a sweatshop worker who must do battle with her instinctive militancy (which initially attracts her to the IWW) to finally join the Socialist Party. RIDEOUT p.294. HANNA 508.
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The Death and Birth of David Markand: An American Story

The Death and Birth of David Markand: An American Story

by [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LIT] FRANK, Waldo; KENT, Rockwell (cover design)

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); lime green cloth titled in gilt on spine and front panel; dustjacket; 542pp. Sunning to cloth at spine and extremities, else a fresh, Near Fine copy. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.75), gently spine-sunned and lightly dusty, with a few short closed tears; Very Good+. Frank's sequel to Dark Mother, a strike novel in which a tobocco company executive searches for social order among farmers and workers. A much better example than usually seen of this wear-prone title. HANNA 1299, BLAKE p.252, RIDEOUT p.296.
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The Death and Birth of David Markand

The Death and Birth of David Markand

by FRANK, Waldo

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. First Edition. Octavo (21cm); lime green cloth titled in gilt on spine and front panel; dustjacket; 542pp. Cloth lightly faded at spine and along the edges (as in all copies we have seen), gilt slightly dulled, with minor fraying at the base of the spine; Near Fine. The Rockwell Kent-designed dustjacket is price-clipped, lightly soiled overall, with some shallow chipping along the edges and a few short tears; Very Good. Frank's sequel to Dark Mother, a strike novel in which a tobacco company executive searches for social order among farmers and workers. HANNA 1299, BLAKE p.252, RIDEOUT p.296.
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Der Wobbly

Der Wobbly

by TRAVEN, B.

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Berlin: Buchmeister-Verlag, 1926. First Edition. Octavo (24cm.); publisher's orange cloth lettered in black; 184pp. Light scuffing at spine ends, board very slightly bowed, else Very Good or better, internally fine. Labor novel first serialized in a Berlin newspaper as "Die Baumwollpflücker" ("The Cotton-Pickers"). The first half of the novel is set on a cotton farm among its workers who organize a successful, but ultimately fruitless, strike. The second half of the tale moves to the port city of Tampico, where the protagonist Gales works first as a baker and then a cattle driver, simultaneously witnessing a number of more successful strikes than that of the first section. Though the members of the Union of Restaurant Employees thrive, Gales discovers that he is happiest with the independence of the cattle driver. The title of the published work, "The Wobbly," is based on several accusations levelled at Gales that he is a "Wobbly," something he always denies though the text hints that he may be so.… Read More
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The Desert of Wheat: A Novel

The Desert of Wheat: A Novel

by [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] GREY, Zane; W.H.D. Koerner, illus

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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, [1919]. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in pictorial dust jacket; [6],376pp.; frontispiece & 3 leaves of plates. Extremities shelf-worn with a few tiny losses and closed tears, jacket spine rather sunned, else Very Good in About Very Good jacket. Anti-IWW and "anti-labor account of the ruin of a loyal German-American farmer in Washington state by striking I.W.W. farm workers" - HANNA 1504; see also BLAKE, pp. 239-40, and MILES 4995.
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Didactic Verses

Didactic Verses

by PFAFF, Henry J.

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Buffalo: Henry J. Pfaff, 1983. First Edition. 12mo (16.5cm.); original cream staplebound card wrappers; [2],62pp. Fine. Collection of protest poetry by a member of the IWW. Not in MILES.
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Egy Nagy Szervezet (One Big Union)

Egy Nagy Szervezet (One Big Union)

by [INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD] [Joseph Gereb, trans.]

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Chicago: I.W.W., n.d., ca. 1920. First Hungarian Language Edition. 12mo (18.75cm.); original dark blue pictorial staplebound card wrappers; 32pp.; folding frontispiece of the IWW "wheel," reproduced in smaller format on p. 32. Typed note tipped in with tape (see below) causing offsetting to title page, else Very Good and sound. Tipped in note with manuscript correction: "An official book[l]et of the I.W.W. / Translated into Hungarain [sic] by Joseh [sic] Gereb." Later (1944) manuscript note to title page: "Labadie Collection: G[if]t. Joseph H. Gereb. March 10. 1944." OCLC record erroneously gives Washington as the place of publication. First Hungarian-language edition of the organizing pamphlet One Big Union (see MILES 4378).
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First of May Magazine. A Journal of Constructive Revolution [1919]

First of May Magazine. A Journal of Constructive Revolution [1919]

by [SOCIALISM - WIIU] DANNENBERG, Karl (ed)

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Detroit: Literature Bureau of the Workers' International Industrial Union, 1919. First Edition. Quarto (30cm). Staple-bound pictorial card wrappers; 40pp; illus. Issue for 1919 ; slightly worn, with wrappers darkened and stained, contents slightly age-toned, with corner-creases and occasional thumb-soil; Just Good. Hand-stamp of the SLP / Detroit to front cover. Annual souvenir of the Workers' International Industrial Union. The WIIU, the labor union arm of the Socialist Labor Party, was effectively formed in 1908 following the split of the SLP faction from the Industrial Workers of the World; the group identified itself as the 'Detroit IWW' until 1915, at which point the name was changed to Workers International Industrial Union (a typically De Leonist mouthful!). The WIIU never throve; its membership probably never numbered above about 2500 workers, a number that dropped quickly following the death of Daniel De Leon in 1915. By the 1920s the WIIU was an afterthought, and the group was finally… Read More
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First of May Magazine. A Journal of Constructive Revolution [2 Annual Issues]

First of May Magazine. A Journal of Constructive Revolution [2 Annual Issues]

by [SOCIALISM - WIIU] DANNENBERG, Karl (ed)

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Detroit / Troy: Literature Bureau of the Workers' International Industrial Union, 1919 - 1923. First Edition. Quarto (30cm). Staple-bound pictorial card wrappers; 40pp; illus. Issue for 1919 in clean, unmarked condition, Very Good or better. Issue for 1923 worn, with wrappers darkened and stained, contents slightly age-toned, with corner-creases and occasional thumb-soil; complete and just Good. Annual souvenir of the Workers' International Industrial Union. The WIIU, the labor union arm of the Socialist Labor Party, was effectively formed in 1908 following the split of the SLP faction from the Industrial Workers of the World; the group identified itself as the 'Detroit IWW' until 1915, at which point the name was changed to Workers International Industrial Union (a typically De Leonist mouthful!). The WIIU never throve; its membership probably never numbered above about 2500 workers, a number that dropped quickly following the death of Daniel De Leon in 1915. By the 1920s the WIIU was an… Read More
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Free Speech for Radicals

Free Speech for Radicals

by SCHROEDER, Theodore

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Riverside, CT: Published for the Free Speech League / Hillacre Bookhouse, 1916. Enlarged Edition. Octavo (23.75cm.); publisher's grey cloth; viii,206pp. Boards rather rubbed and worn at extremities, corners bumped, spine darkened, three-inch crack at top of rear hinge, else About Very Good. Prospectus flyer tipped to front pastedown. MILES 197: "Probes the problem of how far a radical may go.
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The Great Midland

The Great Midland

by [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] SAXTON, Alexander

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New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc, 1948. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (20.25cm); green cloth, with titles stamped in yellow on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [iv],352pp. A few pinpoint rubs to spine ends, else Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket, unclipped (priced $3.00), with a shallow loss to crown, a few small nicks and closed tears. Attractive copy of Saxton's second book, which "has as its background the city of Chicago and the yards of one of the midcontinent railroads from the year 1912 to the outbreak of World War II. The rather complex web of lives and events, spun out within an arbitrarily shifting time sequence, is primarily centered on the relationship between Communist railroad worker, Dave Spaas, and his wife Stephanie, although considerable attention ih the first half of the book is also given to Dave's Negro comrade, Pledger McAdams, whose gradula acceptance of white men and of Communism is effectively handled" (Rideout, p.268). HANNA 3127.
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Haywood Trial. Closing Argument of W.E. Borah

Haywood Trial. Closing Argument of W.E. Borah

by [IWW] [BIG BILL HAYWOOD] BORAH, W.E. [William Edgar]

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Boise, ID: The Statesman Shop, [1907]. First edition. Octavo. Printed wrappers; 130pp. Light wear and soil, with bumps at crown and heel of spine; still a clean, sound copy, Very Good. Full transcription of Borah's closing statement as prosecuting attorney in the case of Idaho vs. William D. Haywood et. al., for the 1905 murder of former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg. Borah lost the case to the brilliant defense of Clarence Darrow (the assassin was eventually discovered to be Harry Orchard, a former Wobbly turned stool-pigeon for the Cripple Creek Miner's Association). Though unsuccessful in prosecuting this case, Borah went on to a lengthy career in politics, serving six consecutive terms as U.S. Senator from Idaho.
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Homer in the Sagebrush [Inscribed Copy]
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Homer in the Sagebrush [Inscribed Copy]

by STEVENS, James

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. First Edition. Inscribed on front endpaper: "For David Grew / with best wishes and regards from a comrade of the ink-slinging craft," signed and datemarked Tacoma, September 1928. First printing. Small octavo; tan cloth, with titles in black and brown on spine and front cover; brown top-stain; 313pp. A tight, Near Fine copy, lacking the dustwrapper. Collection of tales set in the Pacific Northwest, by this little-remembered but once highly regarded writer whose experiences as a Northwest hobo, logger, and Wobbly figure into many of his stories. The inscription is to David Grew (1887-1971), American author of western and juvenile novels, most set in Canada and with horses as their main characters (Beyond Rope and Fence, 1922; The Ghost Mare, 1949; etc).
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The I.W.W. in Theory and Practice

by [EBERT, Justus]

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Chicago: Industrial Workers of the World, ca. 1937. Fifth Revised Edition. Small octavo (19.25cm.); original grey printed wrappers; 124,[1](ad)pp. Pages uniformly toned, contemporary price rubberstamp cancel in red ink, else Fine. One of many later editions not specifically cited in Ebert. See MILES 4082 and 4248.
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Industrial Relations: Final Report and Testimony Submitted to Congress by the Commission on...
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Industrial Relations: Final Report and Testimony Submitted to Congress by the Commission on Industrial Relations Created by the Act of August 23, 1912

by [LABOR HISTORY] COMMISSION ON INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

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Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1916. First Edition. Eleven volumes; thick octavos (23cm.); publisher's tan double-ruled cloth, spines lettered in black. Ex-Willard Library with their contemporary bookplates to front pastedowns, cloth and textblocks a bit dust-soiled, spine cloth slightly darkened, else a Very Good, sturdy set. Issued as Senate Documents Vols. 19-29 for the 64th Congress, 1st session, December 6, 1915-September 8, 1916, Document 415. Comprehensive report of the labor struggles and laws at the turn of the 20th century, subsantially devoted to the Colorado Labor Wars. The Commission was first created in 1912 in the wake of a wave of labor disputes, and was headed by Woodrow Wilson's appointee, the progressive lawyer Frank P. Walsh. The Report, completed four years after the Commission first began its research, reached a total of 11,260 pages, the first 265pp. consisting of the report, the remaining text devoted to testimonials. Listed among the testimonials are those of… Read More
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Joe Hill: A Biographical Novel. First Published as The Preacher and the Slave

Joe Hill: A Biographical Novel. First Published as The Preacher and the Slave

by STEGNER, Wallace

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Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1969. Reissue; first edition under this title. Octavo (21.5cm). Cloth-backed, cloth-covered boards, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 381pp. Tight, fine copy in original dustwrapper, corner-clipped on front flap but with $6.95 price still present; spine sunned but legible, and a few brief nicks and marginal tears, Very Good. Reissue, under a new title, of Stegner's 1950 biographical novel The Preacher and the Slave, based on the life of legendary I.W.W. organizer and songwriter Joe Hill. The jacket copy makes clear the publisher's intent to market the novel to a new generation of radicalized baby-boomers, no doubt spurring the change in title and the timing of the reissue.
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Karl Marx: the Man and His Work and the Constructive Elements of Socialism. Three Lectures and...

Karl Marx: the Man and His Work and the Constructive Elements of Socialism. Three Lectures and Two Essays

by DANNENBERG, Karl

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New York: The Radical Review Publishing Association, 1918. First Separate Edition. 12mo (19.5 cm). Printed thick card wrappers; 122pp. Binding flaw has resulted in an extra frontispiece, half-title and contents page to be inserted prior to the title page. Wrappers slightly stained on front cover; front hinge a bit messy over-glued as a result of the binding flaw, resulting in some tears to first leaf at gutter; Good and sound. Dannenberg was a member of the Workers International Industrial Union, a DeLeonist offshoot of the I.W.W., and editor of its short-lived organ First of May. The lectures and essays collected here were first published in The Radical Review in 1917 and 1918.
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Labor Unionism in American Agriculture [Bulletin No. 836]

Labor Unionism in American Agriculture [Bulletin No. 836]

by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

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Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1945. First Edition. Octavo (23cm.); publisher's orange decorative wrappers; x,457pp. Minor wear and dust-soil, faint manuscript spine titling, some underlining and marginalia to early leaves, else Very Good and sound. Includes chapters on the IWW in California and the IWW in the wheat belt.
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Minutes of the Twenty-Seventh Constitutional General Convention of the Industrial Workers of the World. June 27-30, 1955

by I.W.W.

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[Chicago]: Industrial Workers of the World, 1955. Quarto (27.25cm.); original green mimeographed staplebound wrappers; 11,[1],12pp.; text printed from typescript; lacking top staple, remnants of previously removed paper label on upper wrapper not affecting text; faint toning along fold lines of rear wrapper. Appendix (large tear without loss of meaning) printed on newsprint (offsetting) tipped inside upper cover. Good or better.
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