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Solidarity Forever

Why I Wrote Solidarity Forever
By Ralph Chaplin – American West, 1968; Introduction by Bruce Le Roy
Host: Doug “GoatHollow” on They Were Preppers

Solidarity ForeverIn the pantheon of American labor history there is a very special place for Ralph Chaplin, the man and his work. As the poet laureate of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), he is probably remembered best for giving organized labor its fighting them song, Solidarity Forever. But to those of us who were privileged to work with him at the Washington State Historical Society during the last few years of his life, Ralph Chaplin will always be honored for more, much more.

His love affair with the Pacific Northwest was revealed time and again in his writings as well as in his conversation. This rugged region of mountains and Puget Sound, of epic pioneering and great conflicts provided a satisfying backdrop for the unfolding drama of labor history. The “Free Speech” fights at Spokane, Everett, Tacoma, and other cities on the Northwest Coast were milestones to Ralph Chaplin. He reported that crises that exploded into gunfire and tragedy at Everett and Centralia. In the 1960 essay that follows this introduction, Chaplin writes: “Even at this late hour I am more grimly convinced than ever that neither the song itself nor the organization that sparked it could have emerged from any environment other than the Pacific Northwest in the afterglow of the rugged period of American pioneering”. Continue reading Solidarity Forever

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The White Getto!

The White Getto!
Host: Doug “They Were Preppers

1-29 povertyOwsley county Kentucky is the poorest county in the United States. It’s a place with rampant drug abuse, and more Food Stamp fraud, than jobs. A place of despair, and hope at the same time. It’s a place where the typical male has a life expectancy of 10 years less than other places in the Country. A place that’s the poster child for the “American dream gone wrong”. Is this a prophetic place? As places all across our nation deteriorate under the weight of overbloated city budgets, as cities crumble under the blight of neglect… Will Owsley county life be in the future for the rest of America’s 99%? Join us on They were Preppers for “The White Getto, In Appalachia, the country is beautiful, and society is broken” by Kevin D. Williamson. Continue reading The White Getto!

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The Mormon Colonies of Northern Mexico

The Mormon Colonies of Northern Mexico
By Karl Young from American West Mag.
Host: Doug “They Were Preppers”

The Mormon Colonies of Northern Mexico

MormonsSouth from the border town of Columbus, New Mexico, the Mormon settlements extended like beads on a string all the way to the Sierra Tarhumare: Colonia Diaz first, about sixty miles below the Mexican border; thirty five miles farther south, Colonia Pacheco; then Colonia Garcia, and finally Chuichupa. All of these Chihuahua towns lay on the east side of the Continental Divide, though the mountain towns were not far from the western slopes of the Sierra Tarahumare. Across the mountains, in Sonora, were two other colonies, Morelos and Oaxaca. In name and place the towns were Mexican; but their origins were in the United States, and the story of their foundation was one of the last chapters in the history of the long flight of the Latter-Day Saints. Continue reading The Mormon Colonies of Northern Mexico

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The Austramerican (Australian) West

The Austramerican (Australian) West on “They Were Preppers
By John Greemway
Reading By: Doug aka GoatHollow

AustralianTo go into the Australian West is to go into the past. Yet wherever you go, however remote in distance or in time, America and its own West intrudes. A year ago I went to the edge of the Old Stone Age with a party of Australian scientists to study the water metabolism of the aboriginal natives in the hope of determining how these most primitive of people had adapted their bodies to survive in conditions of great heat and aridity. One particularly hard day, when the temperature stood at 120 degrees in the water bag, I sat in the red dust of Australia’s dead heartland trying desperately to convince myself that I was in the same world as my university halfway around the earth. Except for the main body of natives camped near the half dozen tin-an-transite shacks of the government station twenty-five miles away, our party of seven whites and two dozen natives was the largest group of human beings in two-hundred thousand square miles of desert so barren that – as the Australians say – you could flog a flea across the plain and see him every time he jumped.

AustralianThe adult natives were asleep in the sand, unmindful of the bush flies and the dust settling in their eyes and ears, but a handful of children played in our waterhole and hunted for lizards to trade for hard candy from the lolly jar.” I had recorded some of the strange mythic songs from their parents earlier in the day, and since the tape recorder was still set up, I asked the children to sing some of their songs for me. They gathered around the microphone, naked, knowing no word of English except “lolly” never having heard a radio or a record player, or seen a movie or television; yet after a moment of conspiratorial giggling, they sang out, loud and confidently: Daby, Daby Crocka, kingada wile frontee. Continue reading The Austramerican (Australian) West

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“Belated Frontier” on They were Preppers

Belated Frontier
By: Thomas M Griffiths
Read By: Doug aka GoatHollow

FrontierAny historian familiar with the march of empire across the American West should now be able to predict the succession of frontiers due to sweep across the Peace River landscape. That he might, in this instance, be wrong is not to his discredit, for destiny and environment have operated in another fashion here, although superficially the ingredients seem to be the same that have produced an orderly succession of fur-trade, cattle grazing, mining, and farming in the development of other frontier lands. Continue reading “Belated Frontier” on They were Preppers

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Hoof & Horn on the Chisholm Trail

Hoof & Horn on the Chisholm Trail
Author: By Joe B. Frantz
Host: Doug “GoatHollow”

Chisholm TrailOne hundred years ago, Texas had just come through a portion of that national death wish known as the Civil War, not so physically devastated as its confederates to the east but still neglected and bankrupt, a collection of returning losers at loose ends. Kansas had been bled almost beyond endurance, although it seemed to have some hope simply because it lay in the way of the railroad men who were trying to get across its mildly wrinkled face to the more alluring enticements nearer the Pacific ocean. Between those two states the world belonged to the Indians, a land set aside for them only because most white men thought it held no future. Continue reading Hoof & Horn on the Chisholm Trail

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