"I am not blind to the shortcomings of our own people. I am not unaware that leaders betray, and sell out, and play false. But this knowledge does not outweigh the fact that my class, the working class, is exploited, driven, fought back with the weapon of starvation, with guns and with venal courts whenever they strike for conditions more human, more civilized for their children, and for their children's children."
Mary Harris Jones
Mother Jones was an Irish dressmaker and schoolteacher whose life was far from easy. After losing her husband and four children in a yellow fever epidemic, she moved back to Chicago; there, four years later, she lost everything in the Great Chicago Fire. She didn't give up on life, however; instead, she threw herself into working towards advancing political and social causes and became the most famous labor leader in the 19th century. Today she is honored my the magazine that carries her name, "Mother Jones".