`Not a Sex Question'? the One Big Union and the Politics of Radical Manhood

  title={`Not a Sex Question'? the One Big Union and the Politics of Radical Manhood},
  author={Todd McCallum},
  journal={Labour/Le Travail},
  • T. McCallum
  • Published 2 February 1998
  • History
  • Labour/Le Travail
In March 1919, over 230 union delegates assembled at the Western Labor Conference in Calgary to chart a radical new direction for wage workers through the creation of a revolutionary industrial union centre, the One Big Union (OBU). This essay argues that the practices of the OBU's radical manhood, their particular sense of what it meant to be a union man, shaped the organization's structure and politics as well as the emergent culture which fostered such widespread working-class radicalism… 
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