Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

November 19, 1915

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer and songwriter Joe Hill is executed in Utah after having been framed on a murder charge.  While in prison, Hill sent a telegram to IWW leader Big Bill Haywood:  “Goodbye Bill.  I die like a true blue rebel.  Don’t waste any time in mourning.  Organize!”  In a later telegram, he added, “Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried?  I don’t want to be found dead in Utah.”

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