Monday, August 03, 2015

Frank H. Little - Killed by Capital Aug. 1, 1917

Frank H. Little - Killed by Capital Aug. 1, 1917

by Zinn Education Project

On August 1, 1917, labor organizer Frank Little was taken forcibly from his boarding house in Butte, Montana, and was lynched from a railroad trestle.

In the summer of 1917, Frank had been helping to organize copper workers in a strike against the Anaconda Copper Company.

He also took a stand against WWI, arguing that all working men should refuse to join the army where they would fight on behalf of their capitalist oppressors.

As he said in the last speech before his death, "I stand for the solidarity of labor."

Read more:

Here are resources from the Zinn Education Project for teaching outside the textbook about labor history:

Image by Nicole Schulman:

Order poster from IWW:

See video from the Harvey Richards Media Archive:

— with Randy Dinin.

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