Jarod Roll, University of Mississippi

Center for American History and Culture Programs
Labor History Seminar
Friday, February 28, 2014

3 pm to 5 pm


“’They are possessed of a gambling spirit’: Risk, Working-Class Individualism, and Anti-Unionism among the Metal Miners of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, 1890-1946”
Jarod Roll, University of Mississippi

The metal miners of the Tri-State District of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma were not like coal and metal miners elsewhere in the United States. Between 1890 and 1940 they consistently and often fervently rejected the appeals of organizers from the Western Federation of Miners and later Mine Mill. Some even worked enthusiastically as strikebreakers in western mining districts. This essay offers a working-class history of anti-unionism to understand why.

Commentators: Heath Carter, Valparaiso University and Jim Schmidt, Northern Illinois University

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