The Real Mother Jones
Mary Harris Jones, (1830-1930), widely known as Mother Jones, achieved fame by her role in organizing textile workers in Pennsylvania and coal miners in West Virginia and Colorado. Her radicalism resulted in frequent jailings. She was a fiery speaker and a crusader against child labor. Her imprisonment during the historic 1912-13 mine strikes in Colorado brought nationwide attention to the labor struggle.
Recorded at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Sender Garlin was a radical journalist and author of Three American Radicals. Howard Zinn said this about him, “As a reporter, he interviewed such diverse figures as Clarence Darrow, Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Huey Long, Lenin’s widow Krupskaya, and Olga Kniper-Chekhova, the Moscow theater star and widow of the great Russian writer. Sender helped form the John Reed Club in the early 1930s and was a founding editor of Partisan Review before he moved on to write for The Masses. His main thrust and satirical barbs were always against the system: the exploitation, the racism, the militaristic nationalism that have plagued this century, whether in the extreme form of Fascism or in more disguised form.” Sender Garlin died in 1999.