Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jun 2, 2015 - History - 352 pages
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Her rallying cry was famous: "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living." A century ago, Mother Jones was a celebrated organizer and agitator, the very soul of the modern American labor movement. At coal strikes, steel strikes, railroad, textile, and brewery strikes, Mother Jones was always there, stirring the workers to action and enraging the powerful. In this first biography of "the most dangerous woman in America," Elliott J. Gorn proves why, in the words of Eugene V. Debs, Mother Jones "has won her way into the hearts of the nation's toilers, and . . . will be lovingly remembered by their children and their children's children forever."
 

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MOTHER JONES: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

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A stimulating biography of the pugnacious labor organizer that sheds light on radical movements while questioning the myth-making machine that surrounds great figures. Gorn (The Manly Art, not ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
1 Mary Harris
7
2 Mary Jones
33
3 Mother Jones
57
4 There Comes the Star of Hope
87
5 The Childrens Crusade
117
6 Faithfully Yours for the Revolution
143
7 Medieval West Virginia
169
8 The Colorado Coal War
199
9 The Walking Wrath of God
227
10 The Last Decade
263
Mother Jones Is Not Forgotten
297
List of Archives
305
Notes
307
Index
395
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Elliott Gorn, professor of history at Purdue University, is the co-author of A Brief History of American Sports (Hill and Wang, 1993) and author of The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America.

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