Cover for DUBOFSKY: We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World (abridged ed.)

We Shall Be All

A History of the Industrial Workers of the World (abridged ed.)

A succinct rendition of Dubofsky’s classic and massive history of the IWW, bringing the story of the Industrial Workers of the World to a new generation

This is the classic history of the Industrial Workers of the World, the influential band of labor militants whose activism mobilized America's poorest and most marginalized workers in the years before World War I. Originally published in 1969, Melvyn Dubofsky's We Shall Be All has remained the definitive archive-based history of the IWW. While much has been written on aspects of the IWW's history in the past three decades, nothing has duplicated or surpassed this authoritative work. The present volume, an abridged version of this labor history classic, makes the compelling story of the IWW accessible to a new generation of readers. In its heyday, between 1905 and 1919, the IWW nourished a dream of a better America where poverty-–material and spiritual–-would be erased and where all people, regardless of nationality or color, would walk free and equal. More than half a century ago the Wobblies tried in their own ways to grapple with issues that still plague the nation in a more sophisticated and properous era. Their example has inspired radicals in America and abroad over the greater part of a century.


Melvyn Dubofsky, Distinguished Professor of History at Binghamton University, SUNY, is the author of Hard Work: The Making of Labor History among other books, and coauthor of John L. Lewis: A Biography. Joseph A. McCartin, an associate professor of history at Georgetown University, is the author of Labor's Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-21.

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