Louis Adamic

The Haywood-Mayer-Pettibone case - Louis Adamic

Charles Moyer, Bill Haywood and George Pettibone in 1907

Louis Adamic's excellent history of the trial and acquittal of three leaders of the Western Federation of Miners, Charles Moyer, Bill Haywood and George Pettibone, for the murder of ex-Idaho state governor Frank Steunenberg in 1906.

The Mooney-Billings frame-up - Louis Adamic

Worker demonstration to free Mooney and Billings

Louis Adamic's fascinating history of the framing of union organisers Tom Mooney and Warren Billings of the 1916 San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing, and the subsequent campaign for their release, written in 1931.

Battles in the Telluride mines, 1901-1903 - Louis Adamic

Smuggler-Union mine, Colorado

A short history of the striking workers who took over the mines in Telluride, Colorado, and the illegal methods the state used to eventually defeat them.

The Molly Maguires, 1850-1875 - Louis Adamic

Louis Adamic's history of the Molly Maguires: a secret society of Irish-born mine workers in the US who terrorised the exploitative mine bosses of the time.

The Knights of Labor, 1869-1885 - Louis Adamic

Louis Adamic's short history of the Knights of Labor union and some of its key disputes from its founding in 1869 until its successful railway strike of 1885.

Dynamite: the story of class violence in America - Louis Adamic

Complete PDF of Louis Adamic's superb history of class violence in the US. It traces the origins of gangsterism and racketeering in unions in the 1930s to its roots in workers needing to defend themselves from the armed violence of the state and bosses' thugs.

"Dynamite... That’s the Stuff" - Louis Adamic

Contemporary depiction of the execution of the Haymarket martyrs

Selections from Chapter 2 of "Dynamite: the Story of Class Violence in America" on the condition of the American working class in the late 19th century, the workers movement including the Knights of Labor and Mayday and the Haymarket martyrs.

1892: The Homestead Strike

Extracts from Louis Adamic, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman describing the Homestead Strike in 1892, and the circumstances of Berkman’s shooting of Henry Clay Frick, the head of the Carnegie Steel Company’s strike-breaking operation.

The great "bootleg" coal industry - Louis Adamic

A fascinating look at an alternative 'economic strategy' in US mining communities during the 1930s Depression.

Sabotage and striking on the job - Louis Adamic

Louis Adamic immigrated to the United States from Yugoslavia at age 14 and was naturalized in 1918. This essay describes his experiences as a casual labourer in a variety of jobs during the 1920s, including his meetings with fellow workers who were members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the 'Wobblies'.