1910s

The 1916 Minnesota miners' strike against U.S. Steel - Robert M. Eleff

An article by Robert M. Eleff detailing a 1916 strike which involved the IWW, in the Iron Range of Minnesota.

Miscellaneous Cartoons: Ernest Riebe

Ernest Riebe immigrated to the United States from his native Germany sometime around the turn of the 20th century. He became an illustrator and cartoonist for the IWW in the 1910's. His most famous creation was the long running series featuring Mr Block a caricature of a Conservative working man detailing his life and prejudices. Here are a few other images he created.

1917 Raids on the Socialist Party and the IWW

An article in the International Socialist Review from October 1917 about the federal raids on the Socialist Party and the Industrial Workers of the World the month before.

We are the heirs to the Tulsa Outrage

An article by a member of the restablished Tulsa IWW about the Tulsa Outrage, an incident in 1917 in which Wobblies were tarred and feathered by pro-war vigilantes.

Mr Block comic

Mr. Block, who has no first name, was created November 7, 1912 by Ernest Riebe, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Block appeared that day in the Spokane newspaper Industrial Worker, smoking a cigar and wearing a checkered suit with top hat. Subsequently, Mr. Block lost the fancy clothes but often kept a hat, ten sizes too small, perched on one corner of his wooden blockhead.

Helen Keller - Why I became an IWW

Hellen Keller in 1920

An Interview, written by Barbara Bindley, New York Tribune, January 15, 1916.

The Voice of the People newspaper

First front page

Voice of the People was the new name of the Lumberjack the Wobbly Weekly covering New Orleans and the surrounding area.

The Lumberjack newspaper

Lumberjack Front page

An archive of a Wobbly Weekly Newspaper covering New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana and focussing (at first) on the Lumberjacks of which it was named. It ran for the first half of 1913 before being revived as The Voice of the People.

Direct Action journal

Direct Action was published by the Industrial Workers of the World Australian Administration.

It printed 135 issues between January 1914 and August 1917. Twelve more issues were published between May 1928 and May 1929 and another two in November 1930. A history of the paper can be found here.

Images from the 1917 Bisbee Deportation

Images from the 1917 Bisbee deportation, where an armed, anti-union 'Citizen's Protective League', in alliance with law enforcement, forced striking IWW miners out of state,