Many of the best items in this exhibit belonged to Ralph Chaplin, the "Solidarity Forever" author whose union songs and drawings advanced the IWW as a creative and imaginative group. His gifts to the Labadie Collection in the 1930s include handwritten sheet music and a hand-drawn newspaper he produced while in jail for speaking out against World War I. The title of his paper: The Can Opener.
Soapboxers and Saboteurs is on display through Saturday, November 26.
[Review published November 2005]