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The Amazon Army

  • August 20, 2022
  • 1:00 PM
  • Wichita Public Library

When coal was discovered in southeast Kansas in the late 1860s, thousands came from all over the world to work the mines. The mix of nationalities created an ethnic geography unique to Kansas that came to be known as the Little Balkans. Miners faced hazardous working conditions, poor pay, and discrimination. In 1921, thousands of women marched on the coal mines in support of striking miners. The New York Times dubbed them the “Amazon Army.” This spirited act linked men and women together in one of the most dynamic pages in the history of American labor.

Presented by Linda O'Nelio Knoll. Linda is an educator, author, and historian who researches the local history of southeast Kansas.

This will be held in the Conference Rooms at the Advanced Learning Library. No registration is required - free and open to the public.


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