Folklore Archive Interview #4028: John Hill recalls the 1913-1914 Copper Country Strike

Mr. John Hill talks about life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the 1913-1914 Copper Country Strike. Topics include: the Italian Hall disaster of December 24th, 1913 and its aftermath, the effect of the strike on migration out of the region, living conditions in Calumet during the strike, the wages of miners, the economic fate of the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company, mining accidents, organizing activities of the Western Federation of Miners, violence during the strike and scab workers.

Interview conducted by Douglas J. Aikenhead, Assistant Archivist for the Wayne State University Folklore Archive on August 9, 1967.