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All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement (Great Lakes Books)

All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement (Great Lakes Books)

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This engaging biography chronicles the life and work of Joseph A. Labadie, Detroit's controversial individualist anarchist and nationally prominent labor organizer at the height of Gilded Age labor ferment. A flamboyant and colorful personality, he was one of Detroit's most popular figures, affectionately known as its "Gentle Anarchist."

Labadie, in his activities as unionist, socialist, anarchist, and passionate social agitator, was involved in a profusion of worker and radical causes. The book follows his idiosyncratic life from a childhood among a Pottawotami tribe in the Michigan woods through his involvement in the Socialist Labor Party, Knights of Labor, Greenback movement, trades councils, typographical union, eight-hour-workday campaigns and the rise of the American Federation of Labor. The story of his relationships with Samuel Gompers, Terence Powderly, Eugene Debs, Johann Most, Benjamin Tucker, Emma Goldman, Peter Kropotkin and the Haymarket anarchists illuminates their personalities and the flavor of the era in which they lived.

Labadie also promoted his libertarian philosophy by campaigning against protectionism, patent and copyright laws, labor bureaus and labor legislation, compulsory taxation and schooling, and anything he believed limited personal liberty.