MATILDA RABINOWITZ (aka Matilda Robbins) is the only woman, other than Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
, who was known as a paid organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) during its heyday in the early 20th century.
Emma Naomi (The Cherry Orchard, Royal Exchange Theatre), Sophie Mercell (Let Me Play the Lion, The Barbican) and Tupele Dorgu (Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory) portray their characters - the selfless Lucy-Rose Atkins, loyal Abbie Williams and driven Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
- with a fieriness invoking trust as opposed to fear which is refreshing.
Laura Weinrib begins her tale in 1919 with the ACLU's early support for the Industrial Workers of the World's (IWW) "free speech actions," exercises in civil disobedience designed to flood the local jails; and ends it two decades later with the ACLU's purge of labor radicals from its leadership, including its longtime chair, Harry Ward, and one of its founders, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
"The Trial of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
," as it's known inside the organization, ended in exile.
Smith and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
. It is supplemented with IWW illustrations from the period, a contemporaneous supportive note from the novelist Jack London and a well-informed introduction by Salvatore Salerno that helpfully contextualises the trio's pamphlets.
Foster and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
, they were not culturally or religiously sympathetic to socialism.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
(1890-1964) was expelled from high school at 16 because of her speeches and other political activism for the rights of women and laborers, which continued throughout her life.
Conwell; Democratic politician William Jennings Bryan; suffragist and educator Frances Willard; civil rights and suffrage activist Mary Church Terrell; radical labor organizers Marry Harris "Mother" Jones and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
; Knights of Labor leader Terence V.
DuBois, Paul Robeson, and Communist Party organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
. She observed the frightening vulnerability of these family friends and other party members: the McCarthy hearings, FBI visits, and consequent name changes.
Foster, Louis Budenz, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
; socialists, most prominent the six-time presidential candidate of the Socialist Party, Norman Thomas; and anarchists, led by Roger Baldwin.
Marie Equi, the Portland abortionist (and lesbian) who would care for a wearied Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
during the 1920s.
Du Bois, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
, Herbert Biberman, Eugene McCarthy and William Kunstler.