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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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  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?

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

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

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