Giving Voice to Ludlow

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April is National Poetry Month, and in the next few weeks, we will feature some of our favorite poetry books, all pulled from what has become one of the Land Library’s strongest sections.

Colorado poet David Mason was just featured on the PBS Newshour Arts Beat page. David is the author of Ludlow, a novel in verse that tells the story of a handful of immigrant families — Greek, Mexican, Scottish, Italian — in the southern Colorado coalfields, climaxing in the infamous Ludlow massacre of April 1914. You can click on the Art Beat page to hear David Mason read a passage from Ludlow.

pictured above: Ludlow: a Verse-Novel by David Mason, the original cover art of The Masses for “The Class War in Colorado” report, Buried Unsung: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre by Zeese Papanikolas.

The Land Library has several other titles on the Ludlow Massacre, the Colorado coalfields, and labor strife in the West (such as our recent posts on Cesar Chavez & the United Farm Workers Union). Here’s just a few:
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Trembling in the Bones, poems by Eleanor Swanson, Killing for Coal: Americas’s Deadliest Labor War by Thomas Alexander, Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West by Scott Martelle.

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