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May Harris Jones


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Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (August 1, 1837 (baptism) – November 30, 1930) was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She then helped coordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World.

Jones worked as a teacher and dressmaker, but after her husband and four children all died of yellow fever and her ... more »

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  • I am not a suffragist, nor do I believe in "careers" for women, especially a "career" in factory and mill where most working women have their "careers." A great responsibility rests upon woman—th...
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 27 (1925). Jones preferred to emphasize the need for all men to...
  • ''... there are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go to keep the workers in slavery.''
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 3 (1925).
  • ''...I learned in the early part of my career that labor must bear the cross for others' sins, must be the vicarious sufferer for the wrongs that others do.''
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 1 (1925).
  • ''Your organization is not a praying institution. It's a fighting institution. It's an educational institution right along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!''
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 6 (1925). Commanding members of a miners' union in the Fair...
  • ''We are told that every American boy has the chance of being president. I tell you that these little boys in the iron cages would sell their chance any day for good square meals and a chance to play.''
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 10 (1925). Addressing a crowd at a wild animal show at Cone...
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