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Reacting to the Past: Labor and Labor Movements

This guide is intended to support classroom use of the Reacting to the Past game series and provide students with background information.

Readings

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Bird, Stewart, Dan Georgakas, and Deborah Shaffer. Solidarity Forever: An Oral History of the IWW.  Chicago: Lake View Press, 1985.

Don’t  Mourn—  Organize: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill is a contemporary collection which includes the voice of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Smithsonian Folkways Records, 1990.

Dubofsky, Melvyn. We Shall Be All: A History of the IWW. The Industrial Workers of the World. Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1969.

Emma Goldman, An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman. Mel Bucklin, dir. PBS Home Video, 2004.

Enstad, Nan. Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture, and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Glenn, Susan A. Daughters of the Shtetl: Life and Labor in the Immigrant Generation. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.

Golin, Steve. The Fragile Bridge: Paterson Silk Strike, 1913. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988.

Kessler-  Harris, Alice. Out To Work: A History of  Wage-  Earning Women in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Kornbluh, Joyce L. ed. Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology. 2nd ed. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co., 1998.

Modern Times. Charles Chaplin, dir. Charlie Chaplin Productions, 1936. Warner Home Video, 2003.

Orleck, Annelise. Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and  Working-  Class Politics in the United States, 1900–1965. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Tax, Meredith. The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880–1917. New York: Monthly Review, 1980.

The Wobblies. Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer, dirs. Center for Educational Productions, Inc., 1979. New Video Group, 2006.

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