Lead: Harded by famine, plague and fire, Mary Harris, Mother Jones became the champion of workers, especially working children in turn of the twentieth century America.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: She lost her Irish home place to famine and was forced to emigrate, her husband and four children to yellow fever and her business to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This white haired, grandmotherly figure was one tough lady. Widowed and unemployed, she became involved in the radical wing of the labor movement. In 1903, when the textile workers of Philadelphia went out on strike for more pay and better working conditions, Mother Jones joined their efforts and with her sense of timing and public relations, gave visibility to the workers’ courage and determination.