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The Leadership and Legacy of Mother Jones and her Fight for Workers’ Rights

At the end of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, industrial workers in the United States grew dissatisfied with the harsh working conditions and unfair treatment they faced. Irish American schoolteacher Mary Harris “Mother” Jones rose to prominence as an outspoken advocate for worker’s rights and led hundreds of strikes for the rights of miners, railway workers, and children.  Her fiery speeches and tenacious personality inspired a new age of progressive activists and left behind a legacy of legislative labor reform. Megan Murphy, a student at Merrimack High School in Merrimack, NH, won the Gold Medal and $1,000 prize in the American Labor History category for her web site The Leadership and Legacy of Mother Jones and her Fight for Workers’ Rights.cripple creek mother jones

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