The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon

The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon

by William M. Adler


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In 1914, Joe Hill, the prolific songwriter for the Industrial Workers of the World (also known as the Wobblies), was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. In the first major biography of the radical historical icon, William M. Adler explores an extraordinary life and presents persuasive evidence of Hill's innocence. Hill would become organized labor's most venerated martyr, and a hero to folk singers such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. His story shines a beacon on the early-twentieth-century American experience and exposes the roots of issues critical to the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596916968
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

William M. Adler has contributed to numerous publications, including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Texas Monthly, and the Texas Observer, and is the author of Land of Opportunity and Mollie's Job. He lives with his wife and son in Denver, Colorado. Visit

Table of Contents

I In The Sweet By And By

1 Fanning the Flames 27

2 The Man Who Wouldn't Be Held Up 41

3 A Prime Suspect 56

4 A Deadly Certainty 70

II Finding A Voice

5 "The Thought for the Day and the Dream of the Night" 91

6 "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!" 115

7 A Suburb of Hell 140

8 Chicken Thieves and Outlaws 159

9 "More Beast than Man" 181

III A Song On His Lips

10 Bracing for War 215

11 The Majesty of the Law 231

12 "New Trail or Bust" 268

13 Law v. Anarchy 302

14 To Be Found Dead in Utah 323

Acknowledgments 351

Sources and Notes

Selected Bibliography 417

Index 425

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The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read, very interesting. It is scary to read the similarities with the fight between rich and poor with Joe Hill's time and ours. Joe Hill received a very unfair trial and this book does an excellent job chronicaling that. However, I am not convinced of his innocence.
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OldWahoo More than 1 year ago
A well written and interesting account of the life, trial and execution of Joe Hill the Wobblie song writer. Adler makes a strong case for Joe's innocence of the murder of a Utah storekeeper.