Roots

Music Host: Brenda Bell Brown
News Host: Yvette Howie
Producer: Dale Connelly

Music Host: Mark Koerner
News Host: Paul Brohaugh
Producer: Dale Connelly
Engineer: Rico Morales

This week on MinneCulture, producer Britt Aamodt explores The Mesabi Iron Range Strike of 1907. At the turn of the last century, Minnesota’s Iron Range was a cauldron of ethnicities and languages. From 1892 to 1914, more than 40 different ethnic groups immigrated there from the Old World, converging on one of the richest iron lodes in history.

In 1907, a large-scale labor strike erupted on the Mesabi Range, led primarily by immigrant Finns. The strike raised questions about whether laborers had the right to strike for liveable wages, eight-hour work days and fair work practices.

Though ultimately unsuccessful, the strike broke down cultural barriers and united miners under the common banner of organized labor. In our next segment, KFAI producer Britt Aamodt talks with historian Rhoda Gilman, Pam Brunfelt and Peter Rachleff.

New music by James Cotton, Elvis Costello, Reckless Ones, Taj Mahal, Dave & Phil Alvin; plus songs by the likes of Willie & Leon, Buckwheat Zydeco, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Janis Joplin, and a few others. To review the list of songs and listen to the show, click “Episode Details”.

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