The images compiled in this section all deal with the IWW's belief in the power of direct action. Direct action was defined in Wobbly literature as any action initiated and carried out by workers in the workplace with the objective of bettering their conditions. The merit of direct action was made obvious to many Wobblies who were skeptical of the value of political reforms carried out by a state whose sole interest, as they viewed it, was to serve and protect the interests of capital. Direct action also made practical sense to a large sector of the working class - i.e., women, itinerants, aliens, and African-Americans - who were barred from voting. The most prominent forms of direct action espoused by the IWW were sabotage and the general strike.

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