Mother Jones a significant figure and activist in the American Labor Movement. She gave many speeches and supported many protest such as the coal strike, and the steel strikes. Mother Jones was an exceptional speaker, and made people want to join the movement for better working conditions. In her speeches encouraged the coal mine workers to unite and stand up to the wealthy mine owners and public officials.
Mother Jones fought the upper class that exploited and took advantage of their workers. She gathered large crowds of mine and steel workers out side of the factories and refused to work again until working conditions were improved. Many times protest lasted too long that military officers had to come and break up crowds. She was said to be the most dangerous woman in America during the 1800’s, because of the great amount of power she possessed.
Mother Jones was charged and in prisoned for inciting violence through the speeches. Later the judge drops her charges and Mother Jones is back to doing what she does best. She is significant to American history because she helped promote many advances in the working environment. Promoting these advancements was challenging enough during her time. What adds to her significance is she overcoming all the obstacles brought against her because of her gender. During the 1800’s women did not have much authority, so to accomplish what she did is very significant.
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