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Re: “Blood for coal

Also Martelle says that "most of these people" came from the war in the Balkans. That was in the imagination of Chase. There is no evidence of that.

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Posted by Mother Jones on 04/22/2014 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Blood for coal

The comment on Mother Jones borders on a stereotype and is borderline misogynist. Same is true in Martelle's book. Chase's version of her comes across in the book.

In fact, Mother Jones was an architect of much of the UMWA policy in Colorado, and had worked with others on the left since 1897 to create a union movement capable of the struggle. At its core, it was a family-oriented woman-centered strategy. In 1903 she had argued against the union leadership for the unity between northern and southern field. Since 1897 she had been the architect of the family tent encampments and putting women on the front lines.

She comes across as just a rousing speaker here. The woman endured 3 months of imprisonment for habeas corpus rights. Imagine 3 months with no reading and writing materials, not a pen or pencil, no communication, no visitors, part of it in rat-infested cold jail. OK, you probably can now that we have Guantanamo.

To reduce her role in Colorado to a good inspiring speaker and publicity hound belittles the monumental contribution. In addition, she used a global perspective. I know everyone is not a hero, but rousing the miners to manliness was the least of what she did.

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Posted by Mother Jones on 04/22/2014 at 6:37 PM

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