Playlist:  Joe Hill: The Legendary Troubadour of the Wobblies by Alexander Street Content Team

Joe Hill is a folk hero troubadour of the early 20th century American labor movement, a Swedish-born itinerant worker/union organizer/agitator who died by firing squad in Utah for a murder he likely didn’t commit. A card-carrying member of the Industrial Workers of the World, (the IWW, also called the Wobblies), Hill wrote rousing, often satirical anthems that promoted the message of “One Big Union.”

A number of songs by, and about, Hill have become standards in the labor movement songbook. They’ve been covered and celebrated by a diversity of artists, and his legend has inspired generations of writers and historians. We’ll explore some of these resources for a glimpse at the important role of music in the labor movement, and why Joe Hill became quintessential figure in this history.
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Don't Mourn-Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill
produced by Lori Elaine Taylor, 1957-2010 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1990), 55 mins  
5 Sep 2017
The Complete A&M Recordings
performed by Joan Baez, 1941- (A & M Records, 2003), 5 hours 19 mins  
5 Sep 2017
Going Home
performed by Paul Robeson, 1898-1976 (Future Noise Music Ltd., 2008), 33 mins  
5 Sep 2017
Going Home
performed by Paul Robeson, 1898-1976 (Fantastic Voyage, 2009), 7 mins  
5 Sep 2017
I Will Win: Songs of the Wobblies
(Collector Records, 1977), 39 mins  
5 Sep 2017
5 Sep 2017
Classic Labor Songs from Smithsonian Folkways
(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2006), 1 hour 19 mins  
5 Sep 2017
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