The proceedings for Retrospection & Respect: The 1913-1914 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium of 2014 are available below.

Retrospection & Respect: Michigan’s 1913-1914 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium was held in Houghton, Michigan,on April 11-12, 2014, on the occasion of the centennial of the cessation of the 1913-1914 Western Federation of Miners labor strike against copper mining companies in the Copper Country of Upper Michigan. Presenters explored the role of labor organizations in the historical and contemporary American and European mining industries, the effect of historical European immigration on labor organization, the impacts of early twentieth century labor organizational practices and strikes on American managerial practices in mining and other industries, and women’s activism in early twentieth century labor organization in mining and other industries, as well as other topics connecting issues of ethnicity, identity, class, gender, and other cultural divisions to civic discourse and the historic struggle for civil liberties within industry.

The symposium was co-sponsored by Michigan Technological University’s Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections, the Department of Social Sciences, and the Department of Humanities, the Keweenaw National Historical Park, and Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center and Historical Archives.


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Saturday, April 12th
9:30 AM

Father Dietz, the Catholic Church and the 1913 Michigan Copper Strike

John P. Beck, Michigan State University

Fisher 138

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

9:50 AM

Our Lives, Our Thoughts and Our Allegiance: New Immigrants and American Industry in 1914

Thomas Mackaman, King's College - Wilkes Barre

Fisher 138

9:50 AM - 10:10 AM

10:10 AM

Company Houses Along the Picket Line

Erik Nordberg, Michigan Technological University

Fisher 138

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

11:00 AM

The Role of Fraternal Organisation in Migration and Informal Labour Organisations in Mining Communities: Cornwall, the Keweenaw, and California Compared

Roger Burt, University of Exeter, Devon, UK

Fisher 138

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

11:20 AM

Mainari, Farmari, Lumperjäkki, Piika : “Ethnic Identity” and Earning a Living in the Keweenaw and Nickel Belts to 1930

Peter Krats, Western University

Fisher 138

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

11:40 AM

Teofilo Petriella : Marxist Revolutionary

Paul Lubotina, Middle Tennessee State University

Fisher 138

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

12:45 PM

Respectful Digging at Italian Hall

Timothy Scarlett, Michigan Technological University

East Reading Room, J. Robert Van Pelt and Opie Library

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM

Under the Crimson Flag: Fahle Burman's Two Trips to the Michigan Supreme Court

John Beck, Michigan State University

East Reading Room, J. Robert Van Pelt and Opie Library

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

2:00 PM

Federal Authority and the Development of Corporate Mining, 1807-1847

Patrick Allan Pospisek, Grand Valley State University

Fisher 138

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

2:20 PM

“Beneath the Starry Flag”: the Flags and Songs of the 1913-14 Michigan Copper Strike as Image-making in the American Labor Movement

Alice Margerum, community

Fisher 138

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

2:40 PM

Gender on the Range: Feminine Strategies in the 1913 Michigan Copper Strike

Shannon Rebecca Kirkwood, Central Michigan University

Fisher 138

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

3:30 PM

A Balance Shifted: The Unionization of Michigan’s Lake Copper District, 1935-1955

Daniel Schneider, Michigan Technological University

Fisher 138

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

3:50 PM

Flash in the Pan: Cross-Class Cooperation in 1916 Iron Range Strike

Ryan Driskell Tate, Rutgers University

Fisher 138

3:50 PM - 4:10 PM

4:10 PM

The Copper Strike of 1968-1969

Brendan Pelto, Michigan Technological University

Fisher 138

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM