For Labor Day, the definitive biography of Joe Hill, legendary American songwriter and labor hero, with explosive new evidence pointing to his innocence of the crime for which he was executed nearly a century ago.
In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World8212;the radical Wobblies. Now, following four years of intensive investigation, William M. Adler gives us the first full-scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents never-before-published documentary evidence that comes close to definitively exonerating him.
Hill8217;s gripping tale is set against a brief but electrifying moment in American history, between the century8217;s turn and World War I, when the call for industrial unionism struck a deep chord among disenfranchised workers; when class warfare raged and capitalism was on the run. Hill was the IWW8217;s preeminent songwriter, and in death, he became organized labor8217;s most venerated martyr, celebrated by Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and immortalized in the ballad 8220;I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.8221;
The Man Who Never Died does justice both to Hill8217;s extraordinary life and to the crime that ended it. Drawing on extensive new evidence, Adler deconstructs the case against his subject and argues convincingly for the guilt of another man. Reading like a murder mystery, and set against the backdrop of the raw, turn-of-the-century West, this essential American story will make news and expose the roots of critical contemporary issues.
- Genre: Music, Political Science, Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: Historical, Labor + Industrial Relations, Genres + Styles / Folk + Traditional
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
- Pages: 435
- Format: hardcover
- Release Date:
August 30, 2011
- Date Published:
August 30, 2011
Author: William M. Adler
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- Online Item #: 12638746
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-04-6560
- ISBN: 9781596916968
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