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American Labor Union Journal

1902 – 1904


Introduction

The official organ of the ALU was the American Labor Union Journal, a weekly newspaper published every Thursday in Butte, Montana. The paper debuted in October 1902; the first seven issues published have apparently not survived.

The paper proudly marched under the banner of the Socialist Party of America (SPA), with the earliest surviving issue featuring the party's platform, an article by Appeal to Reason publisher J.A. Wayland, another piece by Socialist educator and orator Walter Thomas Mills, another piece by Christian socialist J. Stitt Wilson, and a reprint from Wage Labor and Capital by Karl Marx. Subsequent issues over the following weeks included material written by an array of socialist worthies, including orator Eugene V. Debs, radical priest Thomas J. Hagerty, International Socialist Review editor A.M. Simons, that magazine's publisher, Charles H. Kerr, journalist Ernest Untermann, Christian socialists Carl D. Thompson and Franklin H. Wentworth, Canadian impossibilist Charlie O’Brien, and Wisconsinite Winfield Gaylord,

In addition to a range of material relating to the organization and affairs of the ALU, the Journal covered the activities of the federations participant members, including the Western Federation of Miners and the United Brotherhood of Railway Employees. It also provided regular coverage of the vigorous organized labor movement in Butte.

The much ballyhooed "monster edition" produced for Labor Day 1903 proved to be the swan-song for the ALU Journal as a Socialist Party paper. Thereafter, as size of the paper contracted to 4 pages, the smorgasbord of socialist propaganda slowed to a trickle and a new industrial unionist orientation came to the fore. Even before the Labor Day issue the change was foretold when the slogan "No Politics in the Union" began to appear above the front page banner.

In January 1905, ALU Journal was replaced by a monthly called Voice of Labor, with a growing syndicalist editorial line. The union would go on to become one of the primary founding organizations of the Industrial Workers of the World in 1905.

Tim Davenport
Corvallis, OR
February 2019

 


 

1902

Vol. 1, No. 8, November 27, 1902

Vol. 1, No. 9, December 4, 1902

Vol. 1, No. 10, December 11, 1902

Vol. 1, No. 11, December 28, 1902

 

1903

Vol. 1, No. 13, January 1, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 14, January 8, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 15, January 15, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 16, January 22, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 17, January 29, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 18, February 5, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 19, February 12, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 20, February 19, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 21, February 26, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 22, March 5, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 23, March 12, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 24, March 19, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 25, March 26, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 26, April 2, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 27, April 9, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 28, April 16, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 29, April 23, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 30, April 30, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 31, May 7, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 32, May 14, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 33, May 21, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 34, May 28, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 35, June 4, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 36, June 11, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 37, June 18, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 38, June 25, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 39, July 2, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 40, July 9, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 41, July 16, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 42, July 23, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 43, July 30, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 44, August 6, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 45, August 13, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 46, August 20, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 47, August 27, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 48, September 3, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 49, September 10, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 50, September 17, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 51, September 24, 1903

Vol. 1, No. 52, October 1, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 1, October 8, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 2, October 15, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 3, October 22, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 4, October 29, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 5, November 5, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 6, November 12, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 7, November 19, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 8, November 26, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 9, December 3, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 10, December 10, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 11, December 17, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 12, December 24, 1903

Vol. 2, No. 13, December 31, 1903

 

1904

Vol. 2, No. 14, January 7, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 15, January 14, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 16, January 21, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 17, January 28, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 18, February 4, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 19, February 11, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 20, February 18, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 21, February 25, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 22, March 3, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 23, March 10, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 24, March 17, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 25, March 24, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 26, March 31, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 27, April 7, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 28, April 14, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 29, April 21, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 30, April 28, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 31, May 5, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 32, May 12, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 33, May 19, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 34, May 26, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 35, June 2, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 36, July 5, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 37, August, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 38, September, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 39, October, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 40, November, 1904

Vol. 2, No. 41, December 1904

 

1905

Vol. 3, No. 4, January, 1905

 


 

Last updated on 18 January 2019