Ben Fletcher: The Life And Times Of A Black Wobbly

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This book tells the story of one of the greatest heroes of the American working class movement.

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In the early 20th century, when many U.S. unions disgracefully excluded black and Asian workers, the Industrial Workers of the World warmly welcomed people of color, in keeping with the Wobbly emphasis on class solidarity and the motto: 'An Injury to One is an Injury to All!'

The great African American Wobbly organizer, Benjamin Fletcher (1890-1949), was noted for his brilliant organizing ability and imaginative on-the-job strategies, as well as for his courage, humor, and excellent as a soapbox orator. Not surprisingly, he was one of the IWW's most admired and best loved figures.

Along with a biographical sketch of Fletcher, reminiscences by fellow workers w ho knew him well, and an impressive selection of Fletcher's own writings and speeches, Peter Cole also chronicles the ups and downs of the Philadelphia waterfront union in which Fletcher played such a leading role: Local 8 of the IWW's Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union.

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Author Peter Cole, Ben Fletcher
Publisher Charles H. Kerr
Page Count 150pp
Publication Size 5.5" x 8.5"
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date 2006
ISBN 978-0882863115

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