As Others See Us

Views of the I. W. W. by outsiders,
friendly and unfriendly.

"What the I. W. W. Is" by Arno Dosch, The World's Work, August 1913. Article from a "progressive" magazine, most notable for its emphasis on the I. W. W.'s non-violence. Many good photographs.
"Modern Thought" Modern thought. Chicago: Illinois Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, [1913?]. This one's a hoot. From a PDF on the Harvard Library's "Women Working" web site.
"The I. W. W." by Carleton H. Parker, The Atlantic Monthly, November 1917. A noted "progressive" diagnoses the I. W. W. "problem" from a psychological and sociological standpoint.
"The Menace of the I. W. W.", The New York Times Magazine, September 2, 1917. Mostly a diatribe by Utah Sen. W. H. King, printed at length by the Times. A fine example of the depths of libel and dishonesty to which a "liberal" senator would cheerfully descend in service to his class and his political employers in the metal mining industry.
Selections from Daniel Bloomfield, ed., Modern Industrial Movements (New York: H. W. Wilson, 1919). This is an interesting compendium designed to give businessmen some understanding of what was going on among the workers. In the section "Syndicalism, Industrial Unionism, and the I. W. W.", it includes the Preamble, the Industrial Union Manifesto, and a number of sympathetic and hostile articles from various sources.
"Harold Lord Varney 'Exposes' the I. W. W.", One Big Union Monthly, March 1921. Reprints renegade Varney's "exposé" of the I. W. W. in the New York Sunday World.
"The New Terrorism: The I. W. W.", from Samuel P. Orth, The Armies of Labor: a Chronicle of the Organized Wage-Earners (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1921). A disgusting piece of A. F. of L. propaganda. Full of lies and vitriol against the I. W. W., it endorses lynch-law and covers up the crimes of the boss class and its "labor lieutenants" in the A. F. of L. against the authentic organization of the working class. The Everett Massacre is presented as a valiant defense of the town against an invading army, rather than the ambush of peaceful workers by a drunken gang of "deputies".

"The History of the A. W. O. (Old 400)" by E. Workman [Walter T. Nef] (New York: One Big Union Club, 1939). A partisan history by the former secretary of the Agricultural Workers' Organization, a mass union that grew up within the I. W. W., but was broken up into industrial unions in 1917. This pamphlet shows all of Nef's resentment and thwarted ambition, but also probably contains some legitimate criticism of the I. W. W.'s general administration and way of doing business in the old days.

"The Wild, Wild Wobblies" by Stewart H. Holbrook, True: the Man's Magazine, October 1949. This story contains many errors but also a good bit of interesting lore. Holbrook knew many of the old-time Wobblies of the Great Northwest and collected a great deal of information that would have been lost if not for him. Aimed at a "manly" audience, this story emphasizes the violence and lawlessness of which the Wobblies were always accused. It provides a fascinating contrast to the East-Coast presentation in Dosch's article, above.