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The Wobblies

Presented by Cleveland Institute of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at Online/Virtual Space

May 27 2022
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Jul 28 2022
The Wobblies

This rousing labor documentary chronicles the history of the IWW, which was founded in Chicago in 1905 and tried to organize a vast array of unskilled laborers—factory workers, field hands, miners, dockworkers, et al.—into one big union.

USA, 1979, Stewart Bird, Deborah Shaffer

Added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry last year, this rousing labor documentary chronicles the history of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World, known as “The Wobblies”), which was founded in Chicago in 1905 and tried to organize a vast array of unskilled laborers—factory workers, field hands, miners, dockworkers, et al.—into one big union. The film is a rich tapestry of newsreels, photographs, songs, and testimonials.

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