Mary Harris Jones
- Title: The Autobiography of Mother Jones
- Author: Mary Harris Jones
- ISBN: null
- Page: 466
- Format: Kindle Edition
The Autobiography of Mother Jones by Mother Jones, 1925 Labor organizer Mother Jones worked tirelessly for economic justice Mary Harris Mother Jones 1837 1930 was an Irish American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer She then helped coordinate major strikes and cofounded the Industrial Workers of the World.While her oppoThe Autobiography of Mother Jones by Mother Jones, 1925 Labor organizer Mother Jones worked tirelessly for economic justice Mary Harris Mother Jones 1837 1930 was an Irish American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer She then helped coordinate major strikes and cofounded the Industrial Workers of the World.While her opponents called her the most dangerous woman in America, fellow organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn called Jones the greatest woman agitator of our times Jones combined dynamic speaking skills and radical organizing methods to mobilize thousands of laborers and working class families.She said of herself, I m not a humanitarian, I m a hell raiser Mary Harris Jones was born approximately August 1, 1837 in Cork, Ireland to Helen Cotter and Richard Harris She had two brothers and two sisters Jones later claimed a birthdate of May 1, 1830.Biographers suggest that she chose 1830 to add to the image of white haired Mother Jones, and May first to connect herself to the Haymarket demonstration for the eight hour day Mary s father moved to the United States in the 1840s, and the rest of the family followed soon thereafter.
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This book gives a good sense of what organizing is. It also really gives a sense of what miners faced a hundred years ago. There are moments when Mother is racially problematic, but for a modern reader this can be a point of learning how to better talk about labor organizing without resorting to problematic rhetoric.
A very interesting history of the Labor movement as seen through the eyes of one of the most prominent and iconic organizers. I had known that the early years of unionizing were often violent, but I was a little appalled at just how many atrocious injustices were recounted here, a relentless list of deaths, trumped up charges, bribes and corruption. Also stories of bravery and indomitable will as well. I wish some of the stories had been more fleshed out. Several times I felt an entire book coul [...]
Thanks for the first-reads giveaway. This is a 4-star rating for the interesting content. The writing is blunt and straightforward. No particular literary merit, but the style suits the content and is a testament to the fact that a basic education provided a lot more back in the 1800s than it does today. The perspective of Mary Harris, who came to be known at the labor leader Mother Jones, as someone who nursed her husband and four children as they died one by one during the yellow fever epidemi [...]
What a fascinating woman! Here is a woman who, well into her senior years, was actively organizing labor strikes for the poorest of workers. In and out of jail. At personal risk to her safety. She was, for all intents and purposes, absolutely fearless.She does not mince words. The horrors of child labor in particular are described in meticulous detail. Some passages are difficult to read, as she recalls children permanently disfigured or disabled by work in the mills or coal mines.Her fierce spi [...]
Anyone interested in late 19th and early 20th century labor organizing needs to read Mother Jones" autobiography, written at age 95. Still had fire in her belly as she looked back on her turbulent times in the coal fields and factories and factory towns, organizing. Fearless. Totally and utterly fearless, and a true believer in the IWW principles. For that matter, anyone should read these pages and weep for all the blood, sweat and tears laid down to make for better lives for the workers, as the [...]
The Fight ContinuesMuch of what Mother Jones wrote about still continues to this day. Working people are still oppressed, they just don't realize it. They are pacified with the belief that they are just temporarily embarrassed millionaires. We need mother today is much as they did 100 years ago.This is an excellent book, and easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book recommend it to anyone.
The writing is not brilliant - but her matter-of-fact-ly account of the labour struggle is really worth reading.
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