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"Mother" Mary Harris Jones... Irish immigrant who lost her family to yellow fever and became the self-proclaimed mother and “hell-raiser” for the downtrodden American laborer, especially children.


Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones), The Most Dangerous Woman in America... She was denounced on the floor of the United States Senate as the "grandmother of all agitators," and replied: "I hope to live long enough to be the great-grandmother of all agitators." Her motto: "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living."


Mary Harris "Mother" Jones 1830-1930 after her husband and 4 children died of yellow fever and her workshop was destroyed in a fire in 1871, she began working as an organizer for the Knights of Labor and United Mine Workers union. She was known as Mother Jones. In 1902 she was called "the most dangerous woman in America" for her success in organizing mine workers/their families.

Mother Jones 1837 - 1930 
LABOR LEADER Mary Harris Jones, assailed in Congress as "the grandmother of all agitators," and hailed as "the miner's angel" by workers, fought against child labor and for decent conditions, fair pay, and safety in the workplace.

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Mother Jones

Mother Jones at the White House in Washington DC, 1924. Labor leader Mother Jones was known as a radical union organizer who fought to organize miners. In her later years she also worked for child labor reform. She was sometimes known as the Mother of All Agitators.


Mother Jones. Born Mary Harris Jones. (c. 1830 - Nov. 30, 1930). After she lost her husband and 4 kids (all under age 5) to yellow fever, and her dress-shop to the Chicago Fire, she became a worker's rights leader. At one time called, "the most dangerous woman in America." Mother Jones supported Appalachian coal miners and encouraged them to unionize.

from Today in Labor History

September 30, 1899

September 30, 1899: Mother Jones organizes the wives of striking miners in Arnot, Pennsylvania, to descend on the mine with brooms and mops and clanging pots and pans. "I told the men to stay home with the children for a change and let the women attend to the scabs." The women frightened away the mules and their scab drivers and returned daily to keep watch. The miners eventually won their strike.


Born: August 1, 1837(1837-08-01) Cork, County Cork, Ireland Died: November 30, 1930 (1930-11-30) (aged 93) Adelphi, Maryland, United States Occupation: Labor & community organizer Political party: Social Democratic Party and Socialist Party of America She was an American schoolteacher & dressmaker. Organized Children's March re: child labor laws. Organized mine workers. Read about her. Be like her! kn

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Mother Jones..assailed by Congress as "the grandmother of all Agitators," and hailed as "the miners angel" fought against child labor and for decent conditions, fair pay, and safety in the workplace.

from Today in Labor History

July 7, 1903

July 7, 1903: Mary Harris "Mother" Jones begins the "Children's Crusade." Accompanied by child mine and mill workers, she walked from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to President Theodore Roosevelt's home in New York state to protest the plight of child laborers.