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November 16, 2017 by adler

From our friends at the Joe Hill Organizing Comm. in SLC

Join the Joe Hill Organizing Committee on Saturday, November 18, 12-5pm at the Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah, for a day of history and art in action in commemoration of the life and influence of Joe Hill, who was executed in Salt Lake City in 1915. […]

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November 6, 2017 by adler

Gibbs Smith, 1940-2017

All of us who’ve written about Joe Hill over the course of the last 50 years or so owe a debt of gratitude to Gibbs Smith, who published his landmark biography of Hill in 1969. Gibbs died last week at the age of 77. I only met Gibbs once, during the centennial commemoration of Hill’s […]

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January 14, 2013 by Bill

No one will mistake the author for a math major.

I’m grateful to the alert reader who recently pointed out an error of fact in the text. On page 297, I assert, incorrectly, that Hilda Erickson waited “60 years to tell her story” about the circumstances of Hill’s gunshot wound on the night of Jan. 10, 1914. In reality, as I’d stated three pages earlier, […]

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August 21, 2012 by Bill

“Kill a Wobbly who insults you, and get honored at the Elks Club.”

Two weeks before Utah executed Joe Hill, another IWW member, Ray (or Roy) J. HortonĀ  was murdered in Salt Lake City — shot on the street, frontier-justice style, for the crime of mouthing off to a hotheaded old gunfighter who had once been a deputy under Sheriff Bat Masterson in Dodge City, Kansas. The story […]

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January 31, 2012 by Bill

On hiatus

Now that the author and family are off the road, our On the Road blog is taking a breather. More soonest…

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