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.
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.
"Get it straight: I'm not a humanitarian, I'm a hell-raiser." This week, our Famous Speech Friday is a 1912 speech given by activist Mother Jones to West Virginia miners. Click through for what you can learn from this speech, plus rare video of her speaking.
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.