Big Bill in DC: 1915
Outsized labor leader “Big” Bill Haywood in Washington, D.C. – 1915.

Haywood was a founder of the IWW and a member of the executive committee of the Socialist Party. He was an advocate of industrial unionism as opposed to craft unionism and advocated the overthrow of capitalism.

Violent confrontations between mine owners hired guns and union members occurred throughout the West. Haywood and other union members were charged with the murder of Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg, but were acquitted in the midst of nationwide publicity of the case.

Haywood also played a leading role in the Lawrence and Patterson Textile strikes of 1912-13 and opposed the U.S. entry into World War I. He was convicted of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 for his war opposition and fled to the Soviet Union while the case was on appeal.

Haywood lived in the Soviet Union until his death in 1928. Half his ashes are buried in the Kremlin wall while an urn containing the rest of his ashes is buried near the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago.
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