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Trial of a New Society

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"Trial of a New Society" by Justus Ebert is a thought-provoking and timely examination of the challenges and opportunities inherent in creating a new society from scratch. Ebert's writing is clear and concise, making complex ideas accessible to a wide range of readers. The book is well-researched and draws on a wealth of historical and contemporary examples to illustrate key points.

One of the strengths of the book is its balanced approach to the topic. Ebert does not shy away from addressing the potential pitfalls and drawbacks of attempting to build a new society, but he also highlights the potential benefits and rewards of such an endeavor. This nuanced perspective makes the book a valuable resource for anyone interested in exploring alternative models of society.

Overall, "Trial of a New Society" is a must-read for those interested in political theory, social change, and utopian visions of the future. Ebert's insights are sure to spark engaging discussions and challenge readers to think critically about the possibilities and limitations of societal transformation.

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In 1912 textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, mostly immigrants, went on strike in response to a pay cut, speedups, and unsafe working conditions. Representatives from the Industrial Workers of the World came in to help organize the strike. The city declared martial law and a tense standoff went on for weeks. National newspapers provided breathless coverage of the strike and painted drastically different pictures of what was happening and who was to blame. When a woman was shot in ambiguous circumstances, strike leaders were tried for murder--not for shooting her, but for purportedly inciting mob violence leading to her death. They were acquitted.

This book by an ardent IWW member, which seems to have been written in haste as well as in great enthusiasm, gives a vivid journalistic account of labor conditions, of the strike which was afterward known as the Bread and Roses strike, of the trial of strike leaders Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovanitti, and of the general strike organized to support them.

The linked text includes reproductions of various cartoons, posters, and leaflets from the strike, which have not been read aloud. It also includes many footnotes, detailed citations of sources for quotes, which also have not been read aloud--only those footnotes required to explain quotes which had no attribution in the main text have been included.

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