19 Facts About Mother Jones


Mary G Harris Jones, known as Mother Jones from 1897 onwards, was an Irish-born American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent union organizer, community organizer, and activist.

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Mother Jones's helped coordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World.

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Mother Jones's was paid eight dollars per month, but the school was described as a "depressing place".

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Mother Jones's did work for those of the upper class of Chicago in the 1870s and 1880s.

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Once the Knights ceased to exist, Mary Mother Jones became involved mainly with the United Mine Workers.

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Mother Jones's frequently led UMW strikers in picketing and encouraged striking workers to stay on strike when management brought in strike-breakers and militias.

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Mother Jones was a Roman Catholic teacher, writer, pastor, and dean of the Niagara Peninsula in the Diocese of Toronto and was "among the best-known clerics in Ontario", but from whom she was reportedly estranged.

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Mother Jones's was termed "the most dangerous woman in America" by a West Virginian district attorney, Reese Blizzard, in 1902 at her trial for ignoring an injunction banning meetings by striking miners.

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Mother Jones was ideologically separated from many female activists of the pre-Nineteenth Amendment days due to her lack of commitment to female suffrage.

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Mother Jones's claimed that the young girls working in the mills were being robbed and demoralized.

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In 1903, Mother Jones organized children who were working in mills and mines to participate in her famous "March of the Mill Children" from Kensington, Philadelphia, to the summer house of President Theodore Roosevelt on Long Island .

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Mother Jones's was sentenced to twenty years in the state penitentiary.

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Mother Jones attempted to stop miners from marching into Logan County, West Virginia, in late August 1921.

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Mother Jones visited the governor and departed assured he would intervene.

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Mother Jones was joined by Keeney and other UMWA officials who were pressuring the miners to go home.

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Mother Jones remained a union organizer for the UMW into the 1920s and continued to speak on union affairs almost until she died.

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Mother Jones's released her own account of her experiences in the labor movement as The Autobiography of Mother Jones .

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Apparently Mother Jones did not know or overlooked that Morgan had received about $1 million in campaign donations from industrialists in the 1920 election.

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Mother Jones's is buried in the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive, Illinois, alongside miners who died in the 1898 Battle of Virden.

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