Books: The Old Left

THE WOBBLIES by Paftrick Renshaw. 312 pages. Doubleday. $5.95.

For bindle stiffs on the West Coast trudging from mine to logging camp, the Wobblies were a sacred symbol. For immigrants just off the boat and tending looms in New England textile mills,

"Wobbly" was often the first word of English they could speak. The term stood for Industrial Workers of the World, founded in Chicago in 1905 by a hot-eyed collection of Socialists, anarchists and native radicals, ranging from Big Bill Haywood to Eugene Debs —who had led the Pullman strike, the first nationwide confrontation...

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