100th anniversary of death of Joe Hill (1879-1915)

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Joe Hill (1879 – 1915) © Creative Commons

Today (Nov 19th) marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of Joe Hill. Hill was a Swedish-American union activist, songwriter and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (the “Wobblies”). An effective union organiser and writer of many well known labour and folk songs, Hill was controversially executed on November 19th 1915 on what many historians believe were trumped up charges.

The TUC Library contains a collection of biographical information on Joe Hill (see pic below) as well as books, such as ‘The Man Who Never Died’ by Barrie Stavis and ‘The Case of Joe Hill’ by Philip S. Foner.

A selection of the biographical material on Joe Hill

The library also contains material on the subject of the Industrial Workers of the World, labour songs and folk music, and the American labour movement more generally (see our previous blog post).

For more information about any of these collections, get in touch.

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