chapter  15
William D. Haywood
Pages 8

William Dudley Haywood begins his autobiography by stating that his father came from American stock that went back to either Puritan bigots or the Cavalier pirates. Neither possible ancestral line was judged a source of pride. Such blunt language and harsh evaluation of the American mainstream was characteristic of the two-hundred-pound-plus sixfooter who came to be known to friend and foe alike as Big Bill. From the turn of the century through the 1920s, Big Bill Haywood would personify Western radicalism and industrial unionism as he served as a leader of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM), the Socialist party (SP), and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).