On January 12, 1928, an immigrant coal miner and ‘Wobbly’ organizer named Clemente Chavez was shot in the head by an unknown Colorado state police officer. During two episodes of our radio show History is Revolting we talked about Clemente Chavez, and the various events that occurred on January 12, 1928, that culminated in Chavez’ murder inside the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union hall. We also talked about the life of Chavez, and we examined a number of primary documents to explore his background in Mexico and his life as an immigrant miner in Colorado. Rather than provide a complete retelling of these episodes, we present here a sampling of some of the primary documents that tell the story of Chavez’ life.
- A Young Lords Fiesta: The Threat of a Good Example
- José Villa: A Spanish Militant in Colorado’s Coal Fields
- Clemente Chavez: Immigrant Miner and Wobbly Martyr
- Juan Noriega: From Immigrant Coal Miner and ‘Wobbly’ Agitator to Colorado State Senator
- Scabbing and Retribution: Violence in an Aguilar Pool Hall