Today marks the beginning of the centennial of the historic Michigan copper miners’ strike. On this day in 1913, after mining managers across the Copper Country ignored a letter sent by the locals calling for a meeting to discuss worker grievances, miners went out on strike. Picket lines blocked the entrance to mines and some violence ensued if people attempted to report to work. There are reports of people being beaten with pipes and rocks were thrown at those who tried to break the line.
This is the moment I have been waiting for in my research as the centennial season will be full of activities, lectures, and commemorative events to mark the historic events of the strike. As I wrap up my internship next month I will be able to spend more time doing research and reporting on the events of the strike. Stay tuned for new features that will come under the heading “Today in the Strike.” I will post news, updates, and anecdotes as they appeared in local newspaper 100 years ago.