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.

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Permission given by Bob and Carol Damron. Article published in The Goldenseal Book of the West Virginia Mine Wars


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