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Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia
by Peter Cole
University of Illinois Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-252-07928-3 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09085-1 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03186-1
Library of Congress Classification HD8055.I5C63 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.880890097481

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During the 1910s and 1920s, the Philadelphia waterfront was home to the most durable interracial, multiethnic union seen in the United States prior to the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) era. For much of its time, Local 8's majority was African American and included immigrants from Eastern Europe as well as many Irish Americans. In this important study, Peter Cole examines how Local 8, affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), accomplished what no other did at the time. He also shows how race was central not only to the rise but also to the decline of Local 8, as increasing racial tensions were manipulated by employers and federal agents bent on the union's destruction.


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