Eric Chester, The Wobblies in Their Heyday: The Rise and Destruction of the IWW During the WWI Era. 316 pp., paperback edition, Leveller’s Press, 2016
Based on extensive archival research, The Wobblies in their Heyday looks at the union during the World War I era when it was able to organize militant strikes that drastically curtailed production in key industries, copper mining and lumber. It also looks at the debates within the union on how to build a broadly based movement to oppose the war. The book also details the coordinated campaign of repression launched by the administration of Woodrow Wilson with the intention of crushing the Wobblies.
“This deeply researched study offers an incisive analysis of the success of the IWW in organizing during World War I and of the relentless campaign of corporate and federal authorities to destroy it. Chester has established a new watermark for historical understanding of the IWW.” —Staughton Lynd