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  • Title: Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West
  • Author: Scott Martelle
  • ISBN: 9780813540627
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • By early April 1914, Colorado Governor Elias Ammons thought the violence in his state s strike bound southern coal district had eased enough that he could begin withdrawing the Colorado National Guard, deployed six months earlier as military occupiers But Ammons misread the signals, and on April 20, 1914, a full scale battle erupted between the remaining militiamen and arBy early April 1914, Colorado Governor Elias Ammons thought the violence in his state s strike bound southern coal district had eased enough that he could begin withdrawing the Colorado National Guard, deployed six months earlier as military occupiers But Ammons misread the signals, and on April 20, 1914, a full scale battle erupted between the remaining militiamen and armed strikers living in a tent colony at the small railroad town of Ludlow Eight men were killed in the fighting, which culminated in the burning of the colony The next day, the bodies of two women and eleven children were found suffocated in a below ground shelter The Ludlow Massacre, as it quickly became known, launched a national call to arms for union supporters to join a ten day guerrilla war along than two hundred miles of the eastern Rockies The convulsion of arson and violence killed than thirty people and didn t end until President Woodrow Wilson sent in the U.S Army Overall at least seventy five men, women, and children were killed in seven months, likely the nation s deadliest labor struggle.In Blood Passion, journalist Scott Martelle explores this little noted tale of political corruption and repression and immigrants struggles against dominant social codes of race, ethnicity, and class More than a simple labor dispute, the events surrounding Ludlow embraced some of the most volatile social movements of the early twentieth century, pitting labor activists, socialists, and anarchists against the era s powerful business class, including John D Rockefeller, Jr and helped give rise to the modern twins of corporate public relations and political spin But at its heart, Blood Passion is the dramatic story of small lives merging into a movement for change and of the human struggle for freedom and dignity.
    Blood Passion The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West By early April Colorado Governor Elias Ammons thought the violence in his state s strike bound southern coal district had eased enough that he could begin withdrawing the Colorado National Guard

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    1. Scott finds little corners of American History that, while very important, are seldom taught in history class This is a very interesting read Highly recommended to anyone who thinks the free enterprise system should be left to its own devises with little or no government oversight.

    2. a great story of the ludlow disaster Written in the easy to understand newspaper typoe prose The book grabs on and doesnt let go.

    3. Waco and Kent State are nothing compared to this incident or should I say incidents Although entitled the Ludlow Massacre it s the story of a prolonged campaign of violence in the Colorado mine fields circa 1913 1914 The Ludlow Massacre is singled out because women and children were killed by the Colorado National Guard specifically by smoke inhalation for most of the dead Just when you think the incident is going to blow over all hell breaks lose And why is it that Colorado is the site of so m [...]

    4. With the continued decline of unions in America, it is easy to forget just how thankful regular folk should toward the labor movement It is also easy to ignore just how hard fought those advances were This book, on the Ludlow Massacre, brings that back into focus, though I wish it was better written For all the nostalgia you hear for the unfettered businessman, you then read something like this, from Lamont Montgomery Bowers, the industrialist who oversaw John D Rockefeller s mining empire in Co [...]

    5. First 80 pages than a third of the book were background, expository and not great reading once the strike began, the writing became descriptive and interesting Very well documented with endnotes Details the strike and massacre and other associated battles Does not attempt an examination of the ramifications though it recommends a book that does

    6. Comprehensive history of mining in the late 1800s early 1900s, culminating with the Ludlow miners strike and subsequent massacre A summary of the main players is included at the end of the book, which unfortunately I did not find until, you guessed it, the end of the book.

    7. I came across this book at my college library and thought it would be a good source to use for my history research paper on the Ludlow Massacre It proved to be very helpful and a good book

    8. Good, not great, book about labor violence in 1914 Colorado.Almost all labor violence, by the way, here as elsewhere was done against workers, not by workers.

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