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Jones, Mother.

Autobiography of Mother Jones, The.


In Dust-Jacket
[Jones, Mother]. Parton, Mary Field, editor. Autobiography of Mother Jones. Edited by Mary Field Parton. Introduction by Clarence Darrow. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1925.
8vo.; frontispiece photograph of Mother Jones; blue cloth, stamped in black; tan dust-jacket, printed in black; lightly soiled; gentle edgewear.
First edition of the autobiography of America's foremost female labor leader.
The woman known to the world as "Mother Jones" was born on May 1, 1830 in Ireland, County Cork, to Richard and Mary Harris. Young Mary (named after her own mother) grew up in Toronto. Her father was a labor activist and political dissident, and he clearly influenced her choices in life. In the late 1860s Mary Harris, then a teacher, moved to Memphis Tennessee, where she met and married George T. Jones, an iron molder. After her husband's death from yellow fever in 1867, she began-now, as Mary Jones-a dressmaking business; when her home and business were destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1871, Jones became a full-time labor activist.
Jones worked for the United Mine Workers and was a founding member of the Social Democratic party and the Industrial Workers of the World. From 1900 to 1920 she organized miners in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan and Minnesota; garment workers in New York; and steel workers in Pennsylvania. Jones was jailed many times when striking on behalf of her causes and even as an elderly woman she withstood imprisonment under harsh conditions. Mother Jones died at age one-hundred. She was buried in the miner's cemetery in Mt. Olive, Illinois, where a monument was erected in her memory in 1936.
A pretty copy in jacket about one of the most pivotal and influential women in the history of American labor.

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