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Mother Jones: Ireland to North America to Ireland
American Journal of Irish Studies
  • Elliot Gorn, Loyola University Chicago
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Glucksman Ireland House
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New York, NY

Although we don't hear her name so often anymore, Mother Jones was one of the great figures of the early twentieth century. She and her family were refugees from the Famine, and I want to argue here that her early life in Ireland, Canada, and the United States molded her, made her the great crusader for social justice and tribune of the working class that she became as an old woman. "Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose," Kris Kristofferson has written, words that well describe the life of Mother Jones.


Author Posting. © 2014 Glucksman Ireland House, New York University. This article is posted here by permission of NYU for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in the American Journal of Irish Studies, Volume 11, 2014.

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Elliot Gorn. "Mother Jones: Ireland to North America to Ireland" American Journal of Irish Studies Vol. 11 (2014)
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