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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:10 AM

Speaking of buried American History. I have often wondered why the Coal Mine Wars and Mother Jones

are not a more prominent part of American history taught to students. I get the white backlash against teaching " black history". Why isn't there a push to teach these events that helped shape where we are today? Whites were not the only ones in the coal mines, the mine owners recruited blacks and immigrants. Is this history not more widely taught because Mother Jones' story and the coal mine wars were about the people fighting back against greedy corporate power and corrupt govt officials? At one point Mother Jones was called the most dangerous woman in America.

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Beau summarizes the mine wars

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Every year we celebrate Labor Day, sure sometimes they talk about previous conditions of workers, and the rights we have today as workers. But seldomly talk about the bloodshed and wars it took to get here.

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Reply Speaking of buried American History. I have often wondered why the Coal Mine Wars and Mother Jones (Original post)
tulipsandroses Jun 4 OP
burrowowl Jun 4 #1
Solly Mack Jun 4 #2
DenaliDemocrat Jun 4 #3
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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 04:23 AM

1. K&R!

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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 05:11 AM

2. K&R

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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 07:00 AM

3. Sure. Also, why is Rockefeller considered "Great"

When he went overseas, gathered immigrants, put them in company housing, paid them in scrip, hired militias to kill them if they protested?

This man and his family is as repugnant as hell and while we take down Confederate statues, this guy’s legacy is never questioned

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Response to tulipsandroses (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 07:24 AM

4. Is the history of business and economics taught at all?

Coal Mine Wars and Mother Jones would be part of the roughly 100 year rise and fall of the US labor movement.

The principle theme of American history is the exploitation of resources and people by business, but it's not taught that way.

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