Posted by: Kath Usitalo | July 22, 2012

Sunday Snapshot: Copper Miners Strike, 1913

Mine Shaft: Champion No. 4, Copper Country

On July 22, 1913 copper miners in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula went on strike for better working conditions, an 8-hour work day, and a minimum wage of $3.50 per day.

It was the beginning of a bitter struggle that would not be resolved until April of 1914, and only after great loss of life at a party on Christmas Eve, 1913 when 73 people, mostly children, were killed in the stampede after someone falsely shouted “fire” at the Italian Hall in Calumet.

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