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In 1918 and 1919, the Ford Motor Company produced a bunch of cartoons to support World War I and the Red Scare. This piece of radical eliminationism is from 1919. Here’s a link with sound, which is better because the rat is singing The Internationale. But I can’t embed it. Share

Haywood

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On January 21, 2015

Who wants a feel bad story about a hero of the American left? As you may know, Big Bill Haywood jumped bail in 1921 to avoid a return to prison for violation of the Espionage Act. He fled to the Sovie

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Romanticizing the IWW

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On October 27, 2014
This is as good a time as any to announce what I think my next book project is going to be, or at least what I am starting to work on. I want to write a new history of the Industrial Workers of the World that evaluates the union’s successes and failures in terms of […]

Jargon of the Underworld

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On August 25, 2013
Doing a little background research for my book yesterday, I stumbled across an issue of Dialect Notes from 1927, a publication of the American Dialect Society. In an article entitled “Dialect of the Underworld,” I discovered all sorts of fun stuff. Some examples (and you can explore for yourself here): “fall togs. n. Good clothes […]

Paterson Strike Addendum

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On June 8, 2013
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post on the Paterson strike pageant, I was moderating a panel of really first-rate historians on the anniversary of the strike. I am going to write up the panel for another forum pretty soon and will link to it. But I wanted to mention one important point that came out […]
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