What happened after the Ludlow massacre 101 years ago?

One hundred and one years ago today, the Ludlow Massacre in southern Colorado shocked people around the country.

Striking coal miners and their families living in a tent city were attacked by company guards, leaving 21 dead.

The Ludlow Massacre was part of ongoing violence during the Colorado Coalfield Wars.

Miners were demanding safer working conditions and fair wages from Colorado Fuel and Iron company.

John D. Rockefeller, the majority owner of the company, had little response at first. That changed as Rockefeller felt pressured to show compassion.

Colorado State University history professor Fawn Amber Montoya she edited and contributed to “Making an American Workforce: The Rockefellers and the Legacy of Ludlow.”

Listen to a conversation with Montoya on Colorado Matters – produced by Shanna Lewis

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