The images in this section deal with the way in which IWW artists sought to educate workers in political-economic theory and lead them to the realization of their common identity and interest as a class.

Through the use of such powerful and thought-compelling images, Wobbly artists sought to do what long, wordy arguments sometimes failed to achieve. In their art, Wobbly cartoonists were able to condense abstract philosophical ideas, such as Marx's theory of surplus value or the concept of industrial unionism, into illustrations that made these ideas more tangible to the common laborer. IWW artists not only educated workers on the nature of class struggle but also furnished them with a sense of their own power and encouraged class solidarity.

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