The Autobiography of Mother Jones

The Autobiography of Mother Jones

by Mary Harris Jones


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ISBN-13: 9781532938566
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1837- 30 November 1930) was an Irish-born American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent organized labor representative and community organizer. She helped coordinate major strikes and cofounded the Industrial Workers of the World.

Jones worked as a teacher and dressmaker, but after her husband and four children all died of yellow fever in 1867 and her dress shop was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, she began working as an organizer for the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers union. From 1897, at about 60 years of age, she was known as Mother Jones. In 1902 she was called "the most dangerous woman in America" for her success in organizing mine workers and their families against the mine owners. In 1903, to protest the lax enforcement of the child labor laws in the Pennsylvania mines and silk mills, she organized a children's march from Philadelphia to the home of President Theodore Roosevelt in New York.

Mother Jones magazine, established in 1976, is named for her.

Table of Contents

IEarly Years1
IIThe Haymarket Tragedy5
IIIA Strike in Virginia9
IVWayland's Appeal to Reason12
VVictory at Arnot, Pennsylvania14
VIWar in West Virginia20
VIIA Human Judge26
VIIIRoosevelt Sent for John Mitchell31
IXMurder in West Virginia35
XThe March of the Mill Children40
XI"Those Mules Won't Scab Today"48
XIIHow the Women Mopped Up Coaldale51
XIIIThe Cripple Creek Strike54
XIVChild Labor, North and South67
XVMoyer, Haywood and Pettibone79
XVIThe Mexican Revolution82
XVIIHow the Women Sang Themselves Out of Jail87
XVIIIVictory in West Virginia89
XIXGuards and Gunmen102
XXGovernor Hunt, Human and Just104
XXIIn Rockefeller's Prisons108
XXII"You Don't Need a Vote to Raise Hell"119
XXIIIA West Virginia Prison Camp126
XXIVThe Steel Strike of 1919129
XXVStruggle and Lose: Struggle and Win140
XXVIMedieval West Virginia143
XXVIIProgress in Spite of Leaders146


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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