ERIC Number: ED203371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The "Industrial Worker" and Its Rhetoric: Working Class Identification in the San Diego Free Speech Fight of 1912.
A study examined the news coverage given by the "Industrial Worker" to the San Diego free speech fight of 1912, the last of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union's free speech fights on the West Coast. The "Worker," a publication of the IWW, devoted columns of coverage to that conflict in the form of reports, letters, editorials, cartoons, poems, and songs. Three kinds of identification with class were particularly notable in that coverage: identification with class struggle, identification with specific causes in the conflict, and identification of particular types of action that needed to be taken in order for victory to be won. To the IWW the San Diego free speech fight was one more skirmish in the continuing warfare between classes. In that war and in a variety of ways, the "Industrial Worker" sought to "agitate, educate, and organize" its readers by appealing to their consciousness of the status and the concerns they shared with other memebers of the working class. It was that kind of identification which, in turn, was crucial both to the IWW's efforts in recruiting workers for the One Big Union and to its goal of a worker-dominated society. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Industrial Worker (Title)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).