Joe Hill


Fifth Estate # 361, Summer 2003

a review of Joe Hill: The IWW & the Making of a Revolutionary Working-class Counterculture, by Franklin Rosemont, Charles H. Kerr, Chicago, 2003, 639 pp. $17.00

Debs’ Speech Threatened the Rulers


Fifth Estate # 360, Spring, 2003

FE Note: As we write, the U.S. is in the final stages of preparation for its imperial invasion and occupation of Iraq, so the question posed in the upper right headline may be in the first stages of being answered. …

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What can we say?


Fifth Estate # 357, Summer 2002

By the time most of you see this, you will have already read dozens of disturbing and horrifying accounts from international peace activists, solidarity workers, and others who have recently traveled to Palestine to participate in, observe, and learn about …

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Judaism and Anarchism Conference in Venice


Fifth Estate # 355, Fall-Winter, 2000

Anarchists from all over Europe and the Americas, as well as several from Israel, attended an International Study Conference on Anarchism and Judaism, held in Venice, Italy, May 5-7.

Joseph Labadie and the Labor Movement


Fifth Estate # 353, Summer, 1999

a review of All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement, Carlotta R. Anderson, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1998, 324 pp., $34.95

World War I: The Chicago Trial


Fifth Estate # 370, Fall 2005

“No war but the class war” was the expressed motto of many radicals who refused to enlist or otherwise contribute to any national war effort. At their tenth convention in 1914, the IWW passed a resolution stating, “We as members …

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IWW Free Speech Fights


Fifth Estate # 370, Fall 2005

Because of the IWW’s mission to organize all workers into One Big Union, immigrants, migrants, blacklisted, unskilled, itinerant, and other hard-to-reach workers were sought by Wobbly organizers as potential members. Organizers weren’t allowed into the shops, factories, or lumber camps, …

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Fifth Estate # 370, Fall 2005

Direct action (legal and illegal) and sabotage had been used by the U.S. and European labor movements as a method of class combat since the rise of industrialism.

The IWW: 100 Years of Resistance and Repression


Fifth Estate # 370, Fall 2005

By the last half of the nineteenth century, working conditions in American factories, mines, and mills were deplorable. Industrialists were ruthless about making money at the expense of the health and safety of the workers. They looked upon their employees …

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Paul Avrich (1931-2006)


Fifth Estate # 372, Spring 2006

A beloved comrade and renowned scholar of 19th and 20th century anarchism passed away on February 17 at his home in New York City. Paul Avrich was author and editor of dozens of influential books and articles on the history …

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