TIL After losing her husband and four children to yellow fever, and her job to the great Chicago fire, Mary “Mother” Jones became a labor organizer. She organized a march of working children from Philadelphia to New York, and her speeches provoked workers to organize during the Coal Wars.

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Why don’t we learn of her in school?


> If you ever saw a policeman with a club in his hand, I want to ask you, did you ever see that policeman club a millionaire? But it is “Get out of here, damn you, go on to jail, damn you,” if it is a working man. > Speech in Princeton, WV. (15 August 1920) A hundred and one years later and it’s as true as the day she said it.


I need to finish the Ken Burns doc on the coal wars. Or was it just PBS? Either way they are always so incredibly well-done and interesting.. But they also can knock me out into unconsciousness out of nowhere.


She’s got one of those deceptively sweet grandma faces, but a deeper look & you see the shrewd eyes Boss: What’s this Mother Jones going to do, she’s just an old bag. Secretary: Umm, I think you should listen to her sir, she’s one of the founders of the Industrial Workers of the World. Boss: Gulp! Better show her in.


She was a badass.