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.
We paid tribute to the late great George Jones by prominently including many of his recordings throughout today's show. It would actually be possible to play nothing but George Jones every show the rest of the year, and still not cover his recorded catalog. He truly defined country music for the last 50+ years, and will be sorely missed. However, be assured that George Jones has been and will always be a mainstay on Good and Country.
Karl digs into the KFAI record library and does a show using only the vinyl LP’s and 45’s in the library. Lots of great old Zydeco, Cajun and Swamp Pop. Lots of great LP record jackets that need to be displayed.