"One Big Union": The IWW and a Century of Radical Labor Activism, 1905-2005
Sponsored by the New Jersey May Day Committee
Saturday, May 7, 2005 at Newark-Rutgers University.
What forces produced this extraordinary dream of a unified, indeed global movement of workers for radical social change--of bringing men and women across industries and cultures and languages into "One Big Union"? Who were these visionaries and what were their specific strategies? What were the movement's successes and failures? What events and counter-movements affected it? Where did it lead? Where is it now? What are the legacies and traditions of the IWW that matter for working people today?
We invite proposals from scholars, actors, artists and worker-activists, for workshops and/or presentations that explore these questions, the history of the IWW, its leaders, its historic labor actions and its legacies. Proposals with a New Jersey focus or special emphasis on the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 are especially welcome. Our special aim is to use this retrospect as a lens through which to explore present worker movements, to see what light present and past shed on one another.
We ask that presenters share their work through informal presentations rather than the reading of papers. Proposals for workshops should include a summary, with a list of 1-3 presenters and their topics, and brief bios or vitas. Workshops will include ample time for audience response and participation.
Co sponsorers: American Social History Project, Botto House/American Labor History Museum, Newark-Rutgers History Department, Spirit of the Arts Foundation
Prof. Jennifer Guglielmo,
4/05 Neilson Library, Department of History,
Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.
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