From the end of the Civil War until her death in 1930 at the age of 100, Mother Jones was a tireless fighter for the working class. This collection chronicles decades of labor battles—from the coalfields of West Virginia to the steel mills of Chicago and the garment shops of New York.
“This volume should be in the collection of any academic library or large public library, as well as on the bookshelf of any reader with a serious interest in labor history.”[Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR; www.booknews.com
“A veritable archive of the legendary radical labor organizer Mary Harris Jones …. The book contains the fiery radical’s speeches, congressional testimony, articles, interviews with journalists, and a selection of her letters. Foner places each … in context with excellent short introductions …. He has done a service for students of labor history. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.”—Library Journal
“Foner emphasizes the constancy of Jones’s commitment to socialism, describes her effectiveness as a union organizer, and challenges feminist contentions that Mother Jones was opposed to or, at best, uninterested in the women's rights movement …. Recommended for large public libraries and college libraries at all levels.”—Choice
“This collection works. It works because Foner has provided what is needed to understand and appreciate Mother Jones. Each speech is set in context; each document is followed by explanatory notes. The notes [are] almost as valuable as the documents themselves…. A rich, revealing, and superbly edited collection.”—Illinois Historical Journal
Preface by Philip S. Foner, photo, chronology, notes, index.