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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 04:56 PM

December 8, 1930 Mother Jones, is buried in Illinois cemetery

MOUNT OLIVE, Ill. • The mahogany casket was flanked by union banners and candles. On the wall were photographs of four miners killed during a strike 32 years before.

Mourners passed reverently, trailed by children “strangely hushed by the solemnity of the occasion,” scribbled a Post-Dispatch reporter. Hundreds more quietly waited outside the Odd Fellows Temple to view the body of Mary Harris Jones, whom they knew as “Mother.” Jones called the union men “my boys.”

Mother Jones was buried in the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive on Dec. 8, 1930, one week after she died at a friend’s home in Silver Spring, Md. She claimed to have been 100 years old.

Even if she was only 93, as her baptism records in Ireland suggest, Jones spent four decades as a sharp-tongued and relentless agitator for workers, firing up strikers from Pennsylvania to Colorado. She called John D. Rockefeller a “high-class burglar,” derided unsympathetic judges as “scabs” and exhorted workers everywhere: “Join the union.”

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/e4952673-d87a-5e19-8b29-ef808cfd670e.html

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Sherman A1 Dec 2012 OP
orpupilofnature57 Dec 2012 #1
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #2
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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:01 PM

1. Mother Jones opened my eyes .

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:04 PM

2. Wow...John Lennon and Mother Jones died this date.

Thank you for posting this reminder, Sherman.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:15 AM

6. Thank you for the reminder .

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:33 PM

3. We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

 

like Mother Jones, Walter Reuther, etc.

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Response to Iggy (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:16 AM

7. The Wobblies

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:46 PM

4. Thanks for this thread.



(I simply can't get enough of this labor history stuff. People seem to have forgotten so much about the struggles of the past. So much history has been lost. Mary Harris Jones is such an important and inspiring character in American history. Every school kid should learn about this stuff. It's so inspiring. )




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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:57 PM

5. Thanks for the videos

they are great!

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