Monday, September 04, 2017

Music [Labor Day] Monday

As I always say on Labor Day: here's to the Unions, gods bless 'em!
Song written by Florence Reece in 1931. She was the wife of Sam Reece, a union organizer for the United Mine Workers in Harlan County, Kentucky. In 1931, the miners of that region were locked in a bitter and violent struggle with the mine owners. In an attempt to intimidate the Reece family, Sheriff J. H. Blair and his men (hired by the mining company) illegally entered the Reece family home in search of Sam Reece. Sam had been warned in advance and escaped, but Florence and their children were terrorized in his place. That night, after the men had gone, Florence wrote the lyrics to "Which Side Are You On?" on a calendar that hung in the kitchen of her home.

One more, suggested by JD, in the north of England: this one is from 2017:

Union miners (A miner's life/A miner's lifeguard) at Durham Miners' Gala 2017


R J Adams said...

I wonder if you saw this article in the Guardian recently:

Just another small contribution to make your blood boil ;-)

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ GRRRR!! No I hadn't seen that - thanks - I think! :-(