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Joan of Arc of the coal fields, near Pittsburg, Kansas

New York Times

This newspaper clipping, from the New York Times, features a fourteen year old girl dubbed "The Joan of Arc of the Coal Fields." The daughter of a coal striker in southeast Kansas, she carried the American flag at the head of 6,000 marchers. The group of protesters marched through the coal fields showing their support for better wages and improved working conditions for their family members who worked in the camps.

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W.M. Nelson to Governor Henry Allen

Nelson, W.M.

W.M. Nelson, a black miner in Croweburg, Kansas, writes Governor Allen about pending legislation involving the Court of Industrial Relations. This legislation would have a panel in charge of hearing both sides of labor disputes. Nelson writes "I did think once when you had this law pass you entruded on the miners of Kansas. But I highly appreciate the action that you taken because it cause many woman an children to get three meals a day." Nelson goes on to say "This is the first time in history that the colored miner had one part of a show in District 17." The Court of Industrial Relations was later passed on January 1920 by special session of the Kansas legislature.

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W.L.Wells to Governor Henry Allen

Wells, W.L.

W.L. Wells, a Girard, Kansas resident, writes to Governor Allen that the proposed Industrial Bill would not hurt coal miners and that the more miners who read up on the bill the more who are in favor of it.

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Strikes don't stop me

Arcadia Journal

This illustration of Santa Claus, from the Arcadia Journal, encouraged striking miners in the southeast Kansas coal fields to return to work to purchase presents for their families during the holiday season.

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Coal miner

Kansas. Dept. of Economic Development

View of a coal miner at work with a pick and lantern. The location of the mine is unknown.

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