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(19-09) The IWW Split of 1906

Daniel DeLeon was largely responsible for the 1906 split of the Industrial Workers of the World, a division which resulted in two parallel organizations spending money they could not afford on doubled up salaries, offices, and newspapers. Let us be … Continue reading

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Debs and the Haywood-Moyer Affair of 1906 (19-08)

  I don’t know if I’ve ever really explained the purpose of this blog. It probably seems like a huge amount of work — all to produce a huge pile of words to sit mostly unread in a cul de … Continue reading

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Impressions of the Founding Convention of the IWW (19-07)

Before we get to the 1906 attempt to decapitate the leadership of the Western Federation of Miners (and thus the Industrial Workers of the World), I need to roll back the clock to the founding convention of the organization in … Continue reading

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Debs and Berger Part Ways (19-06)

Victor Luitpold Berger (1860-1929) was one of the most important figures in the history of the Socialist Party of America — and one of the least appreciated. A college-educated Austrian Jew, Berger emigrated to the United States with his family … Continue reading

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Debs on the Road in 1905 (19-05)

I was planning on writing this week about the Berger Affair of 1904-05, an interesting albeit arcane bit of Socialist Party history, or maybe about the founding convention of the IWW. However, as luck would have it — and let … Continue reading

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The IWW Speeches of 1905 and the New Jersey Unity Conference (19-04)

The Debs Pamphlets of 1905 One of the most annoying things about Debs: His Life, Writings, and Speeches — the 1908 campaign-related collection of Debs articles, public addresses, and biographical testimonials from whence all previous Debs selected works collections prior … Continue reading

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Near It But Not In It: Gene Debs and Early Preparation for the IWW (19-03)

When the smoke clears the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), organized in 1905, will emerge as the longest-lived radical organization in American history. Admittedly, the tiny self-described “revolutionary industrial union” still has a couple decades to putter along before … Continue reading

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