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  •  I'm a little lost here. (9+ / 0-)

    I wrote a labor history diary a while back and want to use this information for the update.

    Please tell me the link for all of these quoteboxes.

    My old diary had a few paragraphs that helps to set the stage for these events;

    More progress through bloodshed came through the most notoriously inhumane industry in American history in the Lattimer Massacre;

    The Lattimer massacre was an incident in which a sheriff's posse killed nineteen unarmed immigrant miners and wounded scores more. On 10 September 1897 at the Lattimer mine near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, men under the authority of the Luzerne County sheriff fired on a peaceful labor demonstration made up of mostly Polish, Slovak, and Lithuanian anthracite miners. This incident stands not only as the largest massacre of Central Europeans in the United States, but also as a turning point in the American labor movement.

    In this incident where the press took notice and the nation learned the horror of this massacre another labor spokesperson left her almost unnoticed mark in labor history;

    "Big Mary" Septak, a Slavic woman who operated a boarding house in Lattimer, rallied workers around the idea of opposing what she viewed as the tyranny of coal companies. Known to deliver fiery and compassionate speeches in various native tongues she stirred the consciousness of workers in an effort to inspire collective action and to promote the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) as the solution. The new union promised economic justice for mine workers and to end exploitation by the coal companies.

    The sheriff and his band of murderers were acquitted but a new law was passed to prevent local law enforcement from committing mass murder.  In the future only the National Guard would be used to restore order in times of civil disorder. This didn’t seem to make much difference seventeen years later during the Ludlow Massacre

    The Ludlow Massacre pertains to the violent deaths of 17 people during an attack by the Colorado National Guard on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado in the USA on April 20, 1914. These deaths occurred after a day-long fight between strikers and the Guard. Two women, twelve children, six miners and union officials and one National Guardsman were killed. In response, the miners armed themselves and attacked dozens of mines, destroying property and engaging in several skirmishes with the Colorado National Guard.

    There is much more known about Mother Jones that Mary Septak. Born Mary Harris Jones, she was referred to by workers as "The Miners' Angel."

    She became known as "the most dangerous woman in America", a phrase coined by a West Virginia District Attorney named Reese Blizzard in 1902, when she was arrested for ignoring an injunction banning meetings by striking miners. "There sits the most dangerous woman in America", announced Blizzard. "She crooks her finger—twenty thousand contented men lay down."

    you can find links in that diary.

    Thank you for the work.

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