Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer's ardently pro-labor documentary, THE WOBBLIES, tells the brief history of the Industrial Workers of the World--The Wobblies--through the first-hand accounts of the organization's former members.
Narrator Roger Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, explains that by the beginning of the 20th century, the United States had become an urban industrial society, essentially managed by heads of large industries. While all workers were exploited under this system, those who were
unskilled received particularly bad treatment. In 1905, under the leadership of such labor stalwarts as "Big Bill" Haywood, Eugene Debs, and Mo...