By Jane Little Botkin
starting with Little’s youth in Missouri and territorial Oklahoma, Botkin recounts his evolution as a popular organizer and agitator on behalf of employees in company agriculture, oil, logging, and mining. Frank Little traveled the West and Midwest to collect staff underneath the banner of the Wobblies (as IWW participants have been known), making soapbox speeches on urban highway corners, organizing moves, and writing polemics opposed to unfair exertions practices. His brother and sister-in-law additionally joined the struggle for exertions, however it used to be Frank who led the charge—and who was once frequently threatened, incarcerated, and assaulted for his efforts. In his ultimate battles in Arizona and Montana, Botkin indicates, Little and the IWW management confronted their most powerful opponent but as robust copper magnates countered union efforts with deep-laid networks of spies and gunmen, an antilabor press, and native vigilantes.
For a time, Frank Little’s homicide grew to become a rallying cry for the IWW. yet after the us entered the good conflict and Congress handed the Sedition Act (1918) to make sure help for the conflict attempt, many politicians and companies used the act to focus on hard work “radicals,” squelch dissent, and encourage vigilantism. Like different wage-working households smeared with the traitor label, the Little relatives continued raids, arrests, and indictments in IWW trials.
Having scoured the West for firsthand resources in relations, library, and museum collections, Botkin melds the private narrative of an American kin with the tale of the hard work routine that after shook the country to its center. In doing so, she throws into sharp reduction the lingering results of political repression.