who said of Martin Irons (left), "The capitalist class hounded him as if he had been a wild beast."
Martin Irons died on this date in 1900 near Waco, Texas. Born in Dundee, Scotland, he emigrated to the United States at the age of 14. He joined the Knights of Labor and in 1886 led the Great Southwest Strike of 200,000 workers against robber baron Jay Gould's Union Pacific and Missouri railroads. The strike was crushed, Irons was blacklisted and he died broken-down and penniless.