The following cartoons chronicle the early IWW free speech fights which took place between 1908 and 1912. The campaigns began when a number of cities passed laws banning street corner speaking which prevented Wobbly orators from publicizing the extortionist practices of local employment agencies and organizing migrant workers. The IWW led a campaign of civil disobedience aimed at overwhelming the jails and making the laws so costly to enforce that local governments were forced to retract the ordinances.

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