Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ludlow Massacre



Well, 1914 was not all ship christenings and movie debuts. It was also the year of the Ludlow Massacre. This was a not so pleasant incident that occurred in Colorado. I group of about 1200 striking miners and their families were staying in a camp outside the mines. The Colorado National Guard, and mine guards attached the camp, and over 20 people were killed. Truly a dark day in our history.

9 comments:

  1. Sounds as if it was a try-out for Coxey's Army.

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  2. I didn't know about this. I'll look it up. Thank you.

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  3. Who said "It can't happen here". I believe Lewis Sinclair in his book with the same title understood the way it could actually happen here.

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  4. Oops, I mean Sinclair Lewis.

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  5. The Ludlow Massacre was truly horrible. The miners were out on strike against Colorado Coal, which was owned by John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil). They were paying the miners in script which was one of the grievances (script was illegal but they paid them in it anyway). The company kicked the miners out of their company houses and they were in a tent camp. The CO National Guard joined the company goons in firing rifles into the camp and then someone set it afire. There's lots on online about it. Today Ludlow is abandoned but there is a United Mine Workers Monument on site.

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  6. So sad for those miners. I'd like to think this could never happen today.

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  7. Sadly, history abounds with similar accounts of the cruelty of mankind.

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  8. PJM have a Happy New Year.

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  9. Some more Ludlow photos can be found here:

    http://www.militaryhorse.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1781&

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