Mother Jones in Court
By: Bob and Carol Damron
Mother Jones in a rare moment of rest
Date and photographer unknown
COURTESY WEST VIRGINIA COLLECTION, WVU
Mother Jones' 1902 courtroom clash with Judge John J. Jackson of Parkersburg
highlighted the emerging class conflict in West Virginia. Mother was
proud to represent the burgeoning industrial work force, while Judge
Jackson, of a sealed northern West Virginia family and one of the founders
of the state, stood for the established aristocracy.
Their encounter, a fleet but dramatic moment in the state's labor history,
was the basis for a chapter in Jones' autobiography and the following
scene from a play by Bob and Carole Damron. This article is reprinted
from the October-December 1980 GOLDENSEAL.
Permission given by Bob and Carol Damron. Article published in
The Goldenseal Book of the West Virginia Mine Wars