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    Default Ludlow Massacre

    https://www.howardzinn.org/labor-day...aHmWdldXygdq00

    On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard attacked a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado. An estimated two dozen people were killed, including young children.

    Known as the Ludlow Massacre, Howard Zinn described its importance and obscurity in The Politics of History:

    The culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history. five thousands pages of testimony, taken at the time by Congressional investigating bodies, it remains an obscure event, rarely mentioned in textbooks on American history.
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    Default Re: Ludlow Massacre

    Didn't edit soon enough.

    On the morning that the bodies were discovered in the tent pit at Ludlow, American warships were attacking Vera Cruz, a city on the coast of Mexico—bombarding it, occupying it, leaving a hundred Mexicans dead—because Mexico had arrested American sailors and refused to apologize to the United States with a twenty-one gun salute. Could patriotic fervor and the military spirit cover up class struggle? Unemployment, hard times, were growing in 1914. Could guns divert attention and create some national consensus against an external enemy? It surely was a coincidence—the bombardment of Vera Cruz, the attack on the Ludlow colony. Or perhaps it was, as someone once described human history, “the natural selection of accidents.” Perhaps the affair in Mexico was an instinctual response of the system for its own survival, to create a unity of fighting purpose among a people torn by internal conflict.
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    Default Re: Ludlow Massacre

    I have to say in all my years of searching for union info for this site, I have never heard of this story! Thanks for the post!

 

 

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