100 Years in the Making

A crowd (strikers?) gathers outside of Tyomie's Publishing Co. in February 1914.  Photo Courtesy of MTU Digital Archive.

A crowd (strikers?) gathers outside of Tyomie’s Publishing Co. in February 1914. Photo Courtesy of The Keweenaw Digital Archives of MTU.

As the strike centennial draws near things are starting to fall into place with my own research.  The conference roundtable I will be presenting with at the annual Labor and Working-Class History Association national meeting has been added to the program.  My group, which is focusing strictly on the Michigan copper miners’ strike will present our panel “100 Years in the Making” with talks on working class activism, violence against strikers, and the community memory of the strike events.  I am working through the literature review for my paper and am beginning to construct the context by examining the nature of mine work, corporate paternalism in the copper country, and the social history of miners and their families.  I am planning to tackle my paper in three parts, including context, the strike, and finally the memory aspects.  Overall it is exciting to work through this project knowing I can present on a national stage and network with leaders in the field of labor history!  If you are interested to see the program for LAWCHA’s upcoming summer conference, please check it out here.

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