The Autobiography of Mother Jones / Edition 1

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In this classic work of American nonfiction the greatest labor organizer in US history details her three quarter century fight for labor's liberation, and her unswerving belief in industrial unionism as the key to that struggle. I n steel, railroading, metal mining, textiles, and above all, the coal industry, Mother Jones fought alongside strikers. Here too is the exciting story of her crusade against child labor, her innovative efforts to organize working women, her experiences in court and in jail, and her daring involvement in the Mexican Revolution. Mother Jones' lively narrative - every page bristling with her characteristic humor, indignation and uncommon sense - is a masterpiece of American radicalism. This abundantly illustrated new edition includes a host of valuable additions. In a new Foreword Meridel LeSueur vividly recalls her 1914 meeting with Mother Jones. IWW historian Fred Thompson's Afterword provides useful background and fills in important gaps in Mother Jones' story. Also included are a Mother Jones article from 1901, a tribute by Eugene V Debs, an introduction by Clarence Darrow, helpful annotations to the text, a full bibliography and an index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882861661
  • Publisher: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Labor Classics Series
  • Edition description: Pittston Strike commemorative ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 1,525,855
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

I Early Years 1
II The Haymarket Tragedy 5
III A Strike in Virginia 9
IV Wayland's Appeal to Reason 12
V Victory at Arnot, Pennsylvania 14
VI War in West Virginia 20
VII A Human Judge 26
VIII Roosevelt Sent for John Mitchell 31
IX Murder in West Virginia 35
X The March of the Mill Children 40
XI "Those Mules Won't Scab Today" 48
XII How the Women Mopped Up Coaldale 51
XIII The Cripple Creek Strike 54
XIV Child Labor, North and South 67
XV Moyer, Haywood and Pettibone 79
XVI The Mexican Revolution 82
XVII How the Women Sang Themselves Out of Jail 87
XVIII Victory in West Virginia 89
XIX Guards and Gunmen 102
XX Governor Hunt, Human and Just 104
XXI In Rockefeller's Prisons 108
XXII "You Don't Need a Vote to Raise Hell" 119
XXIII A West Virginia Prison Camp 126
XXIV The Steel Strike of 1919 129
XXV Struggle and Lose: Struggle and Win 140
XXVI Medieval West Virginia 143
XXVII Progress in Spite of Leaders 146
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Mother Jones never quailed or ran away. Her deep convictions and fearless soul always drew her to seek the spot where the fight was hottest and the danger greatest.
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