The Ludlow Massacre: Bitter and Prejudiced In the Extreme
This week marks the 108th anniversary of "the deadliest labor struggle in American history," when armed thugs hired by John Rockefeller Jr. burned out and gunned down families of striking coal miners in Ludlow, CO, killing at least 26, mostly women and children, for the crime of seeking decent lives. Ultimately, about 100 people died in a 10-day "guerrilla war" that saw the triumph of capital that viewed workers as "a vicious gang come in to destroy our profit," and the government it ruled. So it went for decades. Woody Guthrie on the tragedy: "And then I hung my head and cried."