The Mother of All Mothers

Here’s but one example of what mothers do to make the world better.

Her adversaries called her “the most dangerous woman in America.” You sure didn’t want to fall on the wrong side of Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones.

Today a magazine is named after her, headquartered in San Francisco. Unfortunately, this mother lost her four children and husband to a yellow fever epidemic in Memphis. She moved to Chicago, then lost her seamstress shop to the great fire of 1871. Those tragedies set her on a course to right working conditions and to abolish child labor.

As she used to say, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” She’s buried in Mount Olive, Illinois.


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