Thursday, November 19, 2015

Joe Hill 100 Years -- November 19, 2015

100 years ago today, on 19-November-1915, Joe Hill was murdered by the State of Utah. Joel Hägglund was born in Sweden and came to America. He worked all over the country and became an organizer for the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World). He wrote songs.

He was accused of murdering a storekeeper and his son in Salt Lake City.  He did not do it, and there was little evidence, but the state refused to listen to pleas to pardon him or change his sentence.  Hill did not fight for acquittal, wanting to serve as a martyr for the cause.  He was shot by a firing squad.  He is remembered.

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