Mary Harris Jones

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I'm not a humanitarian, I'm a hell-raiser.

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (August 1, 1837November 30, 1930), born in Cork, Ireland, was a prominent American socialist, labor and community organizer, and a founder of the Industrial Workers of the World.


  • No matter what your fight, don't be ladylike! God almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.
    • Autobiography of Mother Jones, p. 125
  • If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I would shout, 'Freedom for the working class!'
    • Autobiography of Mother Jones, p. 146
  • Get it straight, I'm not a humanitarian, I'ma hell-raiser.
    • After being introduced as a "great humanitarian", as quoted in Mother Jones : The Most Dangerous Woman in America‎ (2002) by Elliott J. Gorn, p. 3.
  • Your organization is not a praying institution. It's a fighting institution. It's an educational institution along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!
    • Autobiography of Mother Jones (1925).

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