In the wake of recent worker uprisings, including the UAW’s recent strike and the Chicago teachers strike, today we examine the history of the Industrial Workers of the World (or the “Wobblies”) and the federal government’s response, culminating in the largest mass trial in U.S. history. Our guest is Dean Strang, criminal defense lawyer and author of the new book Keep the Wretches in Order, an examination of the World War I–era federal prosecution of the IWW.
Dean Strang is a criminal defense attorney, legal scholar, and historian based in Madison, Wisconsin. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and is the author of Keep the Wretches in Order: America’s Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019).
Cover photo courtesy of the University of Washington Libraries, Labor Archives Digital Collections.