Florence Reese

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Florence Reece (née Patton; born April 12, 1900, died August 3, 1986) was an American social activist, poet, and folksong writer. Born in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, the daughter and wife of coal miners, she is best known for the song, "Which Side Are You On?" which, according to folklorist Alan Lomax who collected it from her in 1937, she wrote at age 12 when her father was out on strike.... more »

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  • ''I married a miner myself. I had ten children. I've got seven now; thirty-one grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. And I'm happy to say not a one's ever crossed a picket line.''
    Florence Reese (c. 1900-?), U.S. labor movement activist. As quoted in American Dreams, book 1, part 3, by Studs Terkel (1980). Reese wrote the la...
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