A Memorial Desecrated,
The repaired monument was unveiled (PHOTOS!) on June 5, 2005.
Current news stories about the monument.
More photos, and videos too! (offsite)
Remember Ludlow! The cry of American workers ninety years ago again rings throughout the land.
Ludlow provoked what historians have called the Ten Days War, a working class uprising which nearly became an interstate conflict. Angry Colorado miners captured cities, burned mining camps, attacked company gun thugs. Five thousand Wyoming miners armed with guns were prepared to cross the border to demand justice for women and babies massacred on the plains of Colorado.
Those women and children died as martyrs to the cause of economic justice. Their deaths were commemorated by the beautiful Ludlow Monument.
Someone—an anonymous attacker—perhaps with random rage, possibly with malice against the folks who produce the nation's wealth—has desecrated one of the most sacred monuments of the working class.
Someone in their depravity was undeterred by a glorious message proudly chiselled above the Ludlow family:
Someone decapitated these precious granite symbols and stole away with their plunder. What sinister hatred motivates the commission of such a deed?
Yet we take comfort from what they failed to destroy. A sledge-hammer can smash granite, but it cannot extinguish the aspirations of those who unite to seek justice in the world.
Account of the monument's destruction and an appeal by fellow worker Gary Cox.
An account of the Ludlow Massacre (offsite)
Ludlow gives up its dead, 1914
A lurid editorial in the Rocky Mountain News
Surprisingly class-aware account of a protest of the Ludlow Massacre at the State Capitol as recorded by the Rocky Mountain News
Account of circumstances surrounding the massacre including class analysis by Max Eastman, published in The Masses
Upton Sinclair pickets Rockefeller
The Ludlow Monument is dedicated in 1918
The Ludlow story has gotten some international media attention.
Some more photos from Ludlow, courtesy of IATSE.
More information on the Ludlow Massacre from the Rocky Mountain News (offsite)
A list of Ludlow Videos — documentaries, etc.
Many years ago i wrote a poem about Ludlow.
The Ludlow Dead
More info about the Ludlow email discussion list on this site.
In Colorado we also commemorate the victims of the bloody Columbine Mine Massacre.
Colorado Coal Field War Project (photos, links, bibliography-- offsite)
Coal Mining in Colorado includes links to the Victor American Hastings mine disaster, just a rifle shot away from Ludlow.
Fight for safety in the coal mines, join Sago Outrage
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