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Mother Jones the miners' angel; a portrait.
Fetherling, Dale, 1941-2011
imprint
Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press [1974]
description
viii, 263 p. illus. 24 cm.
ISBN
0809306433
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Book
Holdings
Subjects
personal subject
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imprint
Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press [1974]
isbn
0809306433
catalogue key
2523971
 
Bibliography: p. 219-227.
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Reviews
Review Quotes
"A human portrait in historical perspec­tive emerges from these pages, as fine a story as anyone who lived an active life for a century could claim, and it is high­ly recommended to all readers of bi­ography, labor history, and Illinois history." John H. Keister,PennsylvaniaHistory.
"A human portrait in historical perspec­tive emerges from these pages, as fine a story as anyone who lived an active life for a century could claim, and it is high­ly recommended to all readers of bi­ography, labor history, and Illinois history." -- John H. Keister , Pennsylvania History.
[Dale Fetherling's] "tribute to the in­domitable old Irish biddy, who never weighed more than 100 pounds, is thor­oughly documented, eloquent and mov­ing."Jack Conroy,ChicagoSun-Times
[Dale Fetherling's] "tribute to the in domitable old Irish biddy, who never weighed more than 100 pounds, is thor oughly documented, eloquent and mov ing."-- Jack Conroy , Chicago Sun-Times
[Dale Fetherling's] "tribute to the in­domitable old Irish biddy, who never weighed more than 100 pounds, is thor­oughly documented, eloquent and mov­ing."-- Jack Conroy , Chicago Sun-Times
"This book tells all that can be found out about the old woman whom hundreds of thousands of miners called mother and a district attorney called 'the most dan­gerous woman in America.'"Fred Thompson,Industrial Worker "Dale Fetherling... has written a schol­arly portrait which is also a labor of love,... In this first attempt ever to 'distill her legacy,' he concludes that 'she may have been the most spectacular woman the country has produced, and she was certainly the most loved and dramatic female in the nation's labor movement.'" History
"This book tells all that can be found out about the old woman whom hundreds of thousands of miners called mother and a district attorney called ‘the most dan gerous woman in America.'"-- Fred Thompson , Industrial Worker "Dale Fetherling... has written a schol arly portrait which is also a labor of love,... In this first attempt ever to ‘distill her legacy,' he concludes that ‘she may have been the most spectacular woman the country has produced, and she was certainly the most loved and dramatic female in the nation's labor movement.'" -- History
"This book tells all that can be found out about the old woman whom hundreds of thousands of miners called mother and a district attorney called ‘the most dan­gerous woman in America.'"-- Fred Thompson , Industrial Worker "Dale Fetherling... has written a schol­arly portrait which is also a labor of love,... In this first attempt ever to ‘distill her legacy,' he concludes that ‘she may have been the most spectacular woman the country has produced, and she was certainly the most loved and dramatic female in the nation's labor movement.'" -- History
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Summaries
Main Description
This biography details the legacy of the most extraordinary woman labor agita­tor in American history. The life of Mother Jones "is an epic, and it is the shame of American writers that it has never been told," George West wrote in theNationin July 1922."She is a great woman," he added, "unsung be­cause of our tradition of cheap gentility." The truth of West's lament has endured until now. Mother Jones lived a century. Born in 1830, widowed in 1867 in Memphis, and suffering the loss of her husband and four children from yellow fever she moved to Chicago, where her business as a seam­stress was destroyed by the great fire of 1871. Thus tempered by adversity, she came to have a lively sympathy for the downtrodden laboring classes, and she de­voted the rest of her life to seeking the betterment of the workingmanespe­cially the coal miner. In the course of her career as a labor agitator, Mother Jones took part in some of the most momentous battles in American labor history: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, the Haymarket Riot of 1886, and the "Debs Rebellion" of 1894. Her last big effort took place during the 1919steel strike, as she neared her nine­tieth year. For half a century Mother Jones was an impious Joan of Arc, an industrial Carrie Nation, who took up the workingman's cause without question and fought his battles without compromise. Dale Fether­ling's big and important biography for the first time gives her full story, with elo­quence and sympathetic understanding.
Main Description
This biography details the legacy of the most extraordinary woman labor agita­tor in American history. The life of Mother Jones "is an epic, and it is the shame of American writers that it has never been told," George West wrote in the Nation in July 1922."She is a great woman," he added, "unsung be­cause of our tradition of cheap gentility." The truth of West's lament has endured until now. Mother Jones lived a century. Born in 1830, widowed in 1867 in Memphis, and suffering the loss of her husband and four children from yellow fever she moved to Chicago, where her business as a seam­stress was destroyed by the great fire of 1871. Thus tempered by adversity, she came to have a lively sympathy for the downtrodden laboring classes, and she de­voted the rest of her life to seeking the betterment of the workingman--espe­cially the coal miner. In the course of her career as a labor agitator, Mother Jones took part in some of the most momentous battles in American labor history: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, the Haymarket Riot of 1886, and the "Debs Rebellion" of 1894. Her last big effort took place during the 1919steel strike, as she neared her nine­tieth year. For half a century Mother Jones was an impious Joan of Arc, an industrial Carrie Nation, who took up the workingman's cause without question and fought his battles without compromise. Dale Fether­ling's big and important biography for the first time gives her full story, with elo­quence and sympathetic understanding.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. vii
p. 1
p. 9
p. 25
p. 37
p. 48
p. 58
p. 70
p. 85
p. 104
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p. 134
p. 149
p. 155
p. 163
p. 178
p. 192
p. 210
References and Notesp. 219
Notesp. 228
Indexp. 253
Errata
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