Labor History Today (10/20): Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. Robbin Légère Henderson talks about her grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz Robbins, on the Tales from the Reuther Library podcast. Henderson shares stories from Robbins’ autobiography, Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century, explaining how the optimism of a 13-year-old immigrant from the Ukraine was soon undone by the realities of working in garment sweatshops on the East Coast, leading to Matilda Robbins’ brief but influential role as a labor organizer for the International Workers of the World from 1912 to 1917. She was one of only two women organizers for the IWW during its early years, along with Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.
Plus a clip from Mother Jones In Heaven, a one-woman musical by Si Kahn, starring Vivian Nesbitt as “Mother” Jones, with musical accompaniment by John Dillon, recently performed at The Robin Theatre in Lansing, Michigan.
Last week's show: (10/13/19): Reconciling a Slaveholding Past
Wisconsin dairy farmers began the third major milk strike of the year. During the Great Depression, many dairy farmers were driven into poverty. -1933
Labor history courtesy David Prosten; photo courtesy Wisconsin Historical Images