On Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM, Richard L. Hess
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> Hello, Annie,
> While not what you're asking for, I have the following quote on my Judy
> Collins website from Abby Sale who was (or maybe still is) active on the
> rec.music.folk list.
> The following note is courtesy of Abby Sale <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>> of Orlando Florida: 25,000 textile workers strike agains the American Woolen
>> Co. of Lawrence, MA, Jan 12, 1912. To get food and housing for the affected
>> children, the IWW sent trainloads of the children to other cities. On Feb 5,
>> 1912, Lawrence police attacked and clubbed the embarking children and their
>> parents in order to reduce public sympathy for the strikers. The strike was
>> won on March 12th. This strike was one of the few great successes for the
>> IWW. It was a singing strike - men and women. One song they sang was "John
>> Golden and the Lawrence Strike" by Joe Hill. James Oppenheim's poem was
>> written during this strike.
> Judy Collins sings this on her album titled "Bread and Roses" released on
> Elektra 7E-1076 on 1976-08-25. The music that she sang it to was written by
> the late Mimi Fariņa (the younger sister of Joan Baez), obviously sometime
> before 1976, but I do not know how long before. Mimi took the name "Bread
> and Roses" for her charity which brought music and entertainment to people
> who live in institutions, originally in California.
> You probably knew this, but if you writing a history of the song, this is
> an interesting piece of fallout.
> I realize that 1911 is mentioned on Wikipedia as the date for the poem and
> I'd like to know if Abby's information is incorrect and I'll (eventually)
> change my website.
Thanks for this info Richard.
Frank B Strauss, DMD