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Ashleigh (left, speaking at the funerals of three martyred Wobblies in the USA) was already interested in radical politics when he emigrated from Britain to Argentina as a very young man in 1909, where he worked on a railroad. In September 1912 he moved to the
Much of this experience is recounted in his autobiographical novel, `Rambling Kid’, which was first published in
Ashleigh testified for the defence at the government trials of Bill Haywood and other IWW members in 1917 and 1918. He himself served a three year jail sentence in
He visited the
Having experienced workers’ theatre in Soviet
Ashleigh became an occasional reviewer for the Sunday Worker on the strength of his interest in theatre.