‘The most dangerous woman in
Activist Mother Jones takes center stage
Sept. 14 at Lincoln Presidential Library’s Illinois History Forum
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[September 12, 2017]
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum devotes its next
Illinois History Forum to labor activist Mary Harris “Mother” Jones,
who was once labeled “the most dangerous woman in America.”
The Sept. 14 forum features a showing of the short documentary
“Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman.” It explores her life
of itinerant union activism, including her connection to Illinois
labor and the reasons for her burial here.
After the film, Devin Hunter, a historian at the University of
Illinois Springfield, will lead a discussion of Jones’ life and the
history of labor activism in Illinois.
The free event takes place at noon in the multi-purpose room of the
ALPLM’s library building, 112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield.
The “most dangerous woman” title was bestowed by a West Virginia
prosecutor at her trial for ignoring an injunction on meetings by
striking miners. "She comes into a state where peace and prosperity
reign ... crooks her finger [and] twenty thousand contented men lay
down their tools and walk out,” Reese Blizzard said in 1902.
Jones is buried in the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive,
alongside miners who died in the 1898 “Battle of Virden,” a deadly
clash between striking miners and security guards protecting
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The Illinois History Forum meets every two months for discussions
of books, movies and museum exhibits related to Illinois history. The next
session looks at Illinois’ transformation from French trapping territory to
American farm state.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the
story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents,
photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to
all aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses traditional exhibits,
eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate
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