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The Strike of 1916

Title: Union Song Book
Type: Book
Date: 1914
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: This is a book of songs that the union used to express the point of view of the workers and the union.
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Union Song Book

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Activities:

  1. The tunes for the songs in this book are all well-known melodies to most Americans. Why do you think the IWW would have chosen these tunes for the book?



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  2. Who are the "slavers of the present" in the song?



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  3. Why would children "bend above the whizzing wheel" in the song? What does this tell us about work and life at this time?



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  4. Why would the IWW create a songbook like this for its meetings?



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