Friday, October 18, 2013

People's History talk - Reds & Wobblies: working-class radicalism & the state 1915 -1925

As part of the People's History series organised by the LHP, the Alexander Turnbull Library and the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, I am giving a talk and slideshow of records/images at the National Library at 5.30pm this Tuesday. If anyone is interested the details are below

Reds & Wobblies: working class-radicalism & the state 1915 -1925

Tuesday 22 October, 2013
5.30pm – 6.30pm
Tiakiwai Conference Centre, Lower ground floor, National Library building (use Aitken Street entrance)

During and immediately after the First World War, the New Zealand Government enforced a strict censorship regime due to fears of political and industrial unrest. The mail, literature, and speeches of radicals – especially the Industrial Workers of the World (known as the Wobblies) – was under state scrutiny, and led to raids, arrests, and deportation of those deemed seditious.

‘Reds & Wobblies’ highlights the actions of a government fearful of social revolution in a time of worldwide turbulence, and discusses the working-class radicalism that caused such fears – from IWW stickers to the deportation of Noel Lyons.

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