Thursday, November 19, 2009

Joe Hill lives

The Mex Files

Today is the 94th anniversary of the judicial murder of Joe Hill, executed by a Utah firing squad 19 November 1915. Hill, a Swedish immigrant (born Joel Hägglund in the 1870s — no one seems to be certain), while working as an itinerant laborer throughout the U.S. west, was also an entertainer, songwriter, and — most dangerously — an IWW organizer. Charismatic and handsome, Hill’s labor organizing skills were a threat to the mining company management, and several attempts had already made to silence him.

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2 comments:

Utpal said...

Iiiiiiiiii dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me
I says that Joe, you´re ten years dead, I never died says he
I neeever diiiiiied says heeeeeeee

Utpal said...

I prefer very much the Paul Robeson version of that song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Kxq9uFDes