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Soapbox Rebellion: The Hobo Orator Union and the Free Speech Fights of the Industrial Workers of the World, 1909-1916 (Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit)

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Soapbox Rebellion is a critical history of the struggle of the Industrial Worker of the World (IWW) to organize migrant workers by extending union efforts, and the accompanying free speech fights, to the streets of the American West.A critical history of the struggle of the IWW to win the right to free speech in their efforts to organize a union of migrant workers.

From 1909 to 1916, the Industrial Workers of the World had no access to migrant workers on job sites, nor could they rely on traditional models of union organization based on fixed-place employment. Instead they developed a model of organizing that sought to build a base of solidarity through soapbox oratory on the public streets of the major cities of the American West. Many municipalities, such as San Diego, Spokane, and Fresno, crafted speech codes to block this approach in support of regional agricultural operations.

In Soapbox Rebellion, Matthew S. May tells the history of the thousands of migrant workers who struggled to organize themselves by collectively and systematically violating repressive speech codes. Though the fights were not always successful, they did produce a novel form of fluid union organization that offers historians, labor activists, and social movement scholars a window into an alternative approach to what it means to belong to a union; May coins the phrase “Hobo Orator Union” to characterize these collectives. May integrates traditional rhetorical theory and criticism with the insights of Italian traditions of autonomist Marxism and the philosophical thought of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari to reinvigorate the materialist basis of rhetorical history.

Soapbox Rebellion highlights the methodological obstacles to recovering a workers’ history of public address; closely analyzes extant texts of these oratorical performances; and discusses the implications of these free speech fights for understanding grassroots resistance and class struggle today in an era of the decline of the institutional business union model and workplace contractualism.

Synopsis:

Soapbox Rebellion is a critical history of the struggle of the Industrial Worker of the World (IWW) to organize migrant workers by extending union efforts, and the accompanying free speech fights, to the streets of the American West.A critical history of the struggle of the IWW to win the right to free speech in their efforts to organize a union of migrant workers.

Synopsis:

Soapbox Rebellion, a new critical history of the free speech fights of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), illustrates how the lively and colorful soapbox culture of the andldquo;Wobbliesandrdquo; generated novel forms of class struggle.
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Synopsis:

Soapbox Rebellion, a new critical history of the free speech fights of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), illustrates how the lively and colorful soapbox culture of the andldquo;Wobbliesandrdquo; generated novel forms of class struggle.
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From 1909 to 1916, thousands of IWW members engaged in dozens of fights for freedom of speech throughout the American West. The volatile spread and circulation of hobo agitation during these fights amounted to nothing less than a soapbox rebellion in which public speech became the principal site of the struggle of the few to exploit the many. While the fights were not always successful, they did produce a novel form of fluid union organization that offers historians, labor activists, and social movement scholars a window into an alternative approach to what it means to belong to a union. Matthew May coins the phrase andldquo;Hobo Orator Unionandrdquo; to characterize these collectives.
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Soapbox Rebellion highlights the methodological obstacles to recovering a workersandrsquo; history of public address; closely analyzes the impact of hobo oratorical performances; and discusses the implications of the Wobbliesandrsquo; free speech fights for understanding grassroots resistance and class struggle todayandmdash;in an era of the decline of the institutional business union model and workplace contractualism.
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About the Author

Matthew S. May is an assistant professor of Rhetoric in the Department of Communication Studies at North Carolina State University. His articles have appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Communication Inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817318062
Author:
May, Matthew S
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Author:
May, Matthew S.
Author:
May, Matthew Scott
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Intercultural Communications-General
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Albma Rhetoric Cult and Soc Crit
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 figures
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Business » Communication
History and Social Science » Intercultural Communications » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Reference » Rhetoric
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment

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"Synopsis" by ,
Soapbox Rebellion is a critical history of the struggle of the Industrial Worker of the World (IWW) to organize migrant workers by extending union efforts, and the accompanying free speech fights, to the streets of the American West.A critical history of the struggle of the IWW to win the right to free speech in their efforts to organize a union of migrant workers.
"Synopsis" by ,
Soapbox Rebellion, a new critical history of the free speech fights of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), illustrates how the lively and colorful soapbox culture of the andldquo;Wobbliesandrdquo; generated novel forms of class struggle.
and#160;
"Synopsis" by ,
Soapbox Rebellion, a new critical history of the free speech fights of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), illustrates how the lively and colorful soapbox culture of the andldquo;Wobbliesandrdquo; generated novel forms of class struggle.
and#160;
From 1909 to 1916, thousands of IWW members engaged in dozens of fights for freedom of speech throughout the American West. The volatile spread and circulation of hobo agitation during these fights amounted to nothing less than a soapbox rebellion in which public speech became the principal site of the struggle of the few to exploit the many. While the fights were not always successful, they did produce a novel form of fluid union organization that offers historians, labor activists, and social movement scholars a window into an alternative approach to what it means to belong to a union. Matthew May coins the phrase andldquo;Hobo Orator Unionandrdquo; to characterize these collectives.
and#160;
Soapbox Rebellion highlights the methodological obstacles to recovering a workersandrsquo; history of public address; closely analyzes the impact of hobo oratorical performances; and discusses the implications of the Wobbliesandrsquo; free speech fights for understanding grassroots resistance and class struggle todayandmdash;in an era of the decline of the institutional business union model and workplace contractualism.
and#160;
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