Download PDF by Arnold Stead: Always on Strike: Frank Little and the Western Wobblies

By Arnold Stead

ISBN-10: 160846220X

ISBN-13: 9781608462209

“[The governor] requested me what we might do if the firms didn't yield to our calls for. I instructed him we'd name everyman out of the mines. Then he acknowledged that if we did, that he might position them less than Federal keep an eye on. I laughed and informed him we might name out each employee within the state, agriculture staff, lumbermen, munitions employees, miners, mechanics and all sessions of operating males. He acknowledged ‘Why, guy, you wouldn’t do this. This state is at war.’ I stated ‘ Governor, I don’t care what kingdom your kingdom is battling. i'm struggling with for the harmony of labor!”
—From the speech for which Frank Little was once murdered in Butte, Montana

Frank Little is taken into account through a few to be the best organizer produced via the U.S. hard work circulate, and but useful little has been written in regards to the recognized commercial staff of the realm (IWW) agitator. Little was once a key chief of the country’s first loose speech fights, geared up a few mass moves, and was once thought of this sort of hazard to company pursuits that he used to be lynched by way of corporation thugs for decry makes an attempt at strike breaking. Police and govt officers not just grew to become a blind eye to his homicide, they later used his phrases and activities to justify a crusade to scapegoat and persecute different participants of the IWW.

Always on Strike chronicles and significantly engages with Little’s exploits in hopes of revealing a brand new new release of radicals to his lifestyles, legacy and politics.

Featuring disguise paintings from a portrait of Frank Little by way of Keith Seidel, keithseidel.com

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In the conservative fiction being read by the great mass of Americans back east, the western Wobblies were a violent group of fanatics, an image the immensely popular Zane Grey made considerable use of in Desert of Wheat, in which Wobblies torch machinery with abandon. The image is not entirely false. Torching the machinery of exploitative employers was, at times, a necessary weapon. We need to ask ourselves what other choice did the Wobblies, like the Luddites before them, have? They certainly could not expect help or protection from the authorities, for the western Wobblies were considered the worst of a bad bunch.

As an individual, Frank Little frequently appears to be seeking a system of his own so as not to be a slave in another man’s. As an agitator/organizer he showed his mettle by helping others show theirs rather than drown in a sea of “lonely, undernourished” men. Always on Strike text pages 7_all pages 10/21/14 5:48 PM Page 41 ChApter two Free-Speech Fights From 1909 until 1914, when the union virtually abandoned such fights, Frank Little played a prominent role in the free-speech struggles engaged in by the Industrial Workers of the World.

The scam worked like this: an agency sent a worker to a job where he worked for a week, sometimes two, but when the time came for him to be paid, a fee was extracted, which took virtually all the worker’s wages. The agency and the employer split the fee and the worker’s employment was terminated. It became known among IWW organizers as “perpetual motion”—one workman leaving the job, another working it, and a third on his way to it. Joe Hill wrote a song titled “Mr. 1 The struggle began and a call went out for Wobbly reinforcements.

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