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.