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Industrial Workers of the World Photograph Collection: Enrique Flores Magon

Interpretive exhibit examining the historical and cultural context of the the Industrial Workers of the World Photograph Collection at the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

His Story

Enrique Flores Magón (1877-1954) emerged as a prominent figure in the realms of journalism and politics, with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) providing essential support for his endeavors. Collaborating closely with his brother, Ricardo Flores Magón, Enrique played a pivotal role in the formation of the Mexican Liberal Party. The core objectives of this political entity revolved around the just redistribution of land and productive assets, aiming to shift these resources from the wealthy elite to the broader population, all the while harboring ambitions to challenge and ultimately overthrow the Mexican government.

A significant moment in this shared history transpired during the San Diego Free Speech Rally in 1912 when the IWW solidified its alliance with Enrique Flores Magón and the Mexican Liberal Party. This partnership cultivated a palpable sense of unity and purpose. Within the extensive collection of photographs preserved in this archive, one can find compelling visual records. These include a portrait photograph featuring Enrique and his wife, an individual portrait of Enrique himself, and a group photograph showcasing the members of the Mexican Liberal Party. These images not only serve as historical documentation but also emphasize the diverse presence of Latinx members within the inclusive IWW, shedding light on the collaborative ethos of that era.