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The Correspondence of Mother Jones
Jones, Mother, 1837-1930.
Publication Information:
Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, [1985]

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xlix, 360 pages ; 25 cm.
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HD8073.J6 A4 1985 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An exhaustive collection of the correspondence of Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones). Steel offers 364 pieces of correspondence involving Mother Jones; two-thirds of the letters and telegrams (many of them in print for the first time) are from the pen of this remarkable and indefatigable labor organizer. Much of the early life of Mother Jones rests on her own somewhat apocryphal testimony, but for the period from 1900 (when she was 70 years old and in the most active and remarkable phase of her work) to her death in 1930, Steel offers full manuscript documentation. Steel's 22-page biographical introduction is useful, but the index (largely proper names only) is not; there is no bibliography and, for the novice, this is a serious drawback. The collection, moreover, is best used in conjunction with Mother Jones's own Autobiography, ed. by Mary F. Parton (1925; reissued 1972); Dale Fetherling's biography, Mother Jones: The Miner's Angel (CH, Sep '74); and Mother Jones Speaks: Collected Writings and Speeches, ed. by Philip Foner (CH, Dec '83). Although in many ways the Foner collection offers a wider insight, the Steel work is important for its completeness. Public and academic libraries serving upper-division undergraduates and above.-C.M. McGovern, University of Vermont