I don’t know if anyone realizes but the song “Solidarity Forever,” a famous union song, was written during the Harlan County War in 1931.
The Harlan County War came about when over 18,000 non union miners went on strike in 1931 to protest a wage cut and horrible living conditions and left 11 people dead.
I’m actually really into the history of Kentucky and used to have family in Harlan so if anyone is interested and wants someone to talk to about it, I’m your girl!
I feel like my childhood and my adolescence/young adulthood have just exploded into some sort of amazing chemical reaction that has a lot of protesting involved. (My grandfather was in basic training with Pete Seeger and the Seeger [vintage, ha] phone number is still scribbled down on one of my grandmother’s old memo pads among all of the stuff we have from them. Needless to say between that and all of my maternal family’s labor organizin’ skillz, this is the kind of stuff I was raised on from basically birth and learned very quickly that people my age found weird or too old.)
I have to go back and check through old Bluegrass Mondays for stuff I DON’T know but I’m super excited for this theme.