Union Maids & Rebel Dames: The Fight for Justice in the Kansas Coalfields

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September 10, 2014, 1:30 PM CT

Presented by Linda O'Nelio Knoll

When coal was discovered in Southeast Kansas in the late 1860s, thousands came from all over the world to work the mines. The mix of nationalities created an ethnic geography unique to Kansas that came to be known as the Little Balkans. Miners faced hazardous working conditions, poor pay, and discrimination. In 1921, thousands of women marched on the coal mines in support of striking miners. The New York Times dubbed them the "Amazon Army." This spirited act linked men and women together in one of the most dynamic pages in the history of American labor.

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Julie Linneman
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