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Industrialisti was a Finnish-language
Finnish language
Finnish is the language spoken by the majority of the population in Finland Primarily for use by restaurant menus and by ethnic Finns outside Finland. It is one of the two official languages of Finland and an official minority language in Sweden. In Sweden, both standard Finnish and Meänkieli, a...

 newspaper published from Duluth, Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota
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, United States
United States
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. Founded in 1914 under the same Sosialisti, the newspaper was politically linked to the Industrial Workers of the World
Industrial Workers of the World
The Industrial Workers of the World is an international union. At its peak in 1923, the organization claimed some 100,000 members in good standing, and could marshal the support of perhaps 300,000 workers. Its membership declined dramatically after a 1924 split brought on by internal conflict...

. It was published daily, but was converted into a fortnigthly in its later years.

Sosialisti had emerged in the back-drop of the 1913 copper and ore-dock strike. The 1913 strike had caused division amongst the Finnish socialists in Minnesota. They were now divided between a 'political' wing who wanted to focus on electoral struggles (through the Socialist Party of America
Socialist Party of America
The Socialist Party of America was a multi-tendency democratic-socialist political party in the United States, formed in 1901 by a merger between the three-year-old Social Democratic Party of America and disaffected elements of the Socialist Labor Party which had split from the main organization...

) and those who favoured direct action
Direct action
Direct action is activity undertaken by individuals, groups, or governments to achieve political, economic, or social goals outside of normal social/political channels. This can include nonviolent and violent activities which target persons, groups, or property deemed offensive to the direct action...

. The split culminated at the annual conference of the socialist Työmies Publishing Company in the summer of 1914. At the conference, an heterogeneous coalition of political radicals and pro-direct action/pro-IWW unionists broke away and set up the publishing company behind Sosialisti.

In 1916 the name of the newspaper was changed to Teollisuustyoläinen. In 1917 a lawsuit was levelled against the newspaper. It would re-appear under the new name Industrialisti. By this time, the paper was completely under the control of the IWW faction. The newspaper was strongly opposed to the U.S. participation in the First World War. For example the first issue of the refounded Industrialisti in March 1917 carried a strong anti-war message. Leo Laukki was the Industrialisti editor at the time.

At the time of its foundation, Sosialisti had a circulation of around 4,000. As of 1919 Industrialisti had around 10,000 subscribers. The newspaper had a sizeable readership across the border in Canada
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Industrialisti was published by a publishing corporative, the Workers' Publishing Company (which also published Finnish-language IWW literature). It began as Socialist Publishing Company in 1914. After the 1917 lawsuit, it re-appeared as the Workers' Socialist Publishing Company, changing its name to Workers' Publishing Company in 1954.

Industrialisti was shut down in 1975. When it was closed down, it was one of the last non-English publications of the IWW.

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