The 1905 Proceedings of the Industrial Workers of the World Founding Convention

The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," is founded at a 12-day-long convention in Chicago. The Wobbly motto: "An injury to one is an injury to all." - 1905

The 1905 Proceedings of the Industrial Workers of the World Founding Convention

By IWW

The 1905 Proceedings of the Founding Convention of the
Industrial Workers of the World
Friday June 27 through Saturday July 8th, 1905

Transcriber’s Note

Special Thanks to the Marxists Internet Archive for placing the Proceedings of the Founding Convention of the Industrial Workers of the World on the World Wide Web. Included in these Proceedings are the contributions of the most famous labor radicals of the day, including Mother Jones, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, Daniel De Leon, Lucy Parsons and hundreds of rank-and-file leaders of the “Wobblies.”

This is a massive work; over 600 pages were transcribed by the MIA from the original typeface of the stenographic report, reproduced by the New York Labor News Company, a division of the Socialist Labor Party and the Socialist Trade & Labor Alliance, founding organizations of the IWW.

In transcribing this massive document, we have kept the spelling used in early 20th Century America as it was presented in the stenographic record of the Proceedings. Only in some minor areas of punctuation were any changes made, such as the use of punctuation in a section’s title or subhead, something that is no longer done in modern publishing.

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