The Ludlow Massacre Of 1913-14

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The end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th saw an upsurge in the push for reform in the lives of working men and women. The relationship between laborers and those who profit from their labor has always been difficult and remains so today. In 1913-1914, this conflict led to a tragedy that shocked the nation. The industry was coal mining. The conditions were harsh and brutal and wages were low. Benefits, as we know them today, were few. The coal fields of Colorado represented to industrialists huge natural resources that were there for the taking. The goal of maximum profits ruled. Allowances for safety and a minimum wage reduced profits. Dissatisfied miners were free to quit and look for work elsewhere. The position of the industrialists and that of the miners is presented with an even hand. But the coming conflict was inevitable. The emergence of industrial royalty, represented by the Rockefellers, was tragically at odds with the dreams of a labor population swelled by immigrants from Western and Eastern Europe. Competent leadership had developed among workers who were more educated than the generation before them. A great war (the Civil War) had recently been fought over just this issue. The building blocks of this debacle are skillfully laid with compelling biographical sketches of the major players. The text is illustrated with old photographs and paintings which provide interest and a sense of immediacy. The book closes with a timeline, list of sources, a bibliography, list of web sites, and an index and would benefit greatly any sociology, American history or political science class. 2006, Morgan Reynolds Publishing Inc, Ages 12 up.
—Hazel Buys
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Laughlin describes one of the lesser-known struggles in U.S. labor history when mining employees in Colorado went out on a strike that lasted 14 months. Their demands primarily included the right to organize and be recognized by management. The struggle saw the deaths of over 200 men, women, and children, many of them occurring when state militia attacked the tent cities where the strikers were living after being put out of the company-owned homes. Background information on mining, Colorado and American history, and labor issues is included in the appropriate context, along with pivotal figures Mother Jones, the national labor activist; the Rockefeller family, who owned the mines; John Lawson, organizer and leader of the United Mine Workers; and President Woodrow Wilson. The writing is dry, and much of the detail, while researched and documented, appears to be filler. Black-and-white and color photographs and illustrations are well chosen, although the sole map fails to do its job. And although the last chapter is entitled "Consequences," the book does not convey any major historical impact of this event. Its use will mostly be limited to supplement material on more pivotal events such as the Pullman Strike, which occurred several decades earlier.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931798860
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: American Workers Ser.
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    hardworking people + government greed = dust

    This is an excellent account of one of the many shameful public incidents in our nation's history. This is some strong stomach reading, but it's worth your perseverance. Read this alongside David Mason's new book-length poem, 'Ludlow', from Red Hen Press, which was just published in February 2007. A brilliant narrative companion piece. --Robert McDowell, The Poetry Mentor, author of the forthcoming Poetry In Spiritual Practice

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