On a recent episode of History is Revolting we talked about Aurora Samson, nicknamed ‘Frenchy.’ Samson was a rank-and-file member and organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Colorado and Los Angeles in the 1920s. We also talked about how the capitalist and movement press portrayed women who participated in strike actions, casting them as “Amazon women” and/or miners’ girlfriends. We present here a basic summary of some of what we discussed in this episode, along with images of a number of primary source documents discussed on the program.
- 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