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Joe Glazer I Will Win: Songs of the Wobblies COLL-01927-CCD CCD
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FormatOn Demand CD
Ordering NumberCOLL-01927-CCD
labelSmithsonian Folkways CCD
Release date06/04/2005
Release date01/01/1977

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      What’s a Wobbly? Legend has it that a Chinese cook in a railroad gang while proudly announcing that he was a member of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World—a union formed to organize all workers) was heard to say he was a member of the "I-Wobbly-Wobbly." Despite their humorous nickname, the members of IWW experienced tremendous struggles which were often documented through song. Starting as a one-paged leaflet headed by the words: ""Sing and fight! Right was the tyrant king who said: ‘Beware of a movement that sings’" the IWW’s Little Red Song Book soon grew to include dozens of songs including Ralph Chaplin’s "Solidarity Forever." As a special treat, this album also includes excerpts from Chaplin’s speech at a woodworker’s convention in 1960.

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