Shelves: history This book tells of the events between August 10, the killing of union organizer Gerald Lippiatt and the end of April, when Federal troops arrived in the Colorado Coalfield War. It is, essentially, the story of a civil war. Not a war between two factions struggling for political rule, but between capital This book tells of the events between August 10, the killing of union organizer Gerald Lippiatt and the end of April, when Federal troops arrived in the Colorado Coalfield War. Not a war between two factions struggling for political rule, but between capital and labor. Rockefeller, Jr. Conditions in the mines were extreme.
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The frame of the story invariably shows up in the final chapters of Jones biographies. It touches on presidents Ulysses S. I hope you find it as intriguing to read as I found it to write. In essence, they were convicted and imprisoned by the United States government for their thoughts and beliefs.
I got launched on the project because I found the story fascinating, and relatively unexplored outside the realm of Cold War historians. The 11 convictions were upheld by the U. Supreme Court just after the Korean War broke out. But a change in the makeup of the court, and a lessening of the Red Scare passions, led the court six years later to effectively reverse itself and gut the Smith Act.
But by then the men had each served five-year sentences some more for going on the lam; some less for good behavior. But Ammons misread the signals, and on April 20, , a full-scale battle erupted between the remaining militiamen and armed strikers living in a tent colony at the small railroad town of Ludlow.
Eight men were killed in the fighting, which culminated in the burning of the colony. The next day, the bodies of two women and eleven children were found suffocated in a below-ground shelter. The "Ludlow Massacre," as it quickly became known, launched a national call-to-arms for union supporters to join a ten-day guerrilla war along more than two hundred miles of the eastern Rockies.
Rockefeller, Jr. But the broader war came as a revelation. And it was telling that such a protracted showdown between capital and labor had been reduced to a literal footnote. History is written by the victors, and labor has not been victorious very often. Curiosity drove me deeper into the history, with loose plans to write a magazine article on the Colorado Coal Field War Project , an archeological exploration of the Ludlow colony and the nearby Berwind mining camp. Led by Dean Saitta of the University of Denver, Philip Duke of Fort Lewis College in Durango, and Randall McGuire of the State University of New York at Binghamton, the project was the first to treat the site as a place of archeological inquiry, trying to determine what life was like for the miners both before and during the strike.
But it quickly became apparent to me that there was more material here than I could shoe-horn into a magazine piece. Blood Passion is the result. Although Blood Passion explores the violent trajectory of a labor strike, it is not a work of labor history. A union helped them in that battle, and is an integral part of that history, but this book is about the combatants and the battles themselves. Blood Passion is an attempt to knock some of the dust off this long-forgotten yet hugely emblematic moment in American history.
About me A third-generation journalist, I was born in Scarborough, Maine, and grew up there and in Wellsville, New York, about two hours south of Buffalo. My first newspaper job came at age 16, writing a high school sports column for the Wellsville Patriot, a weekly defunct , then covering local news part-time for the Wellsville Daily Reporter.
I have taught journalism courses at Chapman University and UC Irvine, and speak occasionally at school and college classes about journalism, politics and writing.
Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West
Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. But he delivers no clear picture of how the coal-miners lived and only passingly presents evidence of their subjugation. Jan 20, Jim Noyes rated it really liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. This is a very interesting read. India rated it it was amazing Feb 09, Showing of 21 reviews.
Jusar Details the strike and massacre and other associated battles. I wrote it, so what the hell. The governor was ineffective. Write a customer review. Almost all other books on Ludlow place responsibility for the Ludlow deaths on the Colorado National Guard. The author provides a balanced view of the tragedy at Ludlow. Michael rated it really liked it Aug 03, One of the definitive, journalistic books out there about Ludlow.
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