Colorado history - - the slaughter in Serene

New book published about the FIRST Columbine Massacre, and the
(little-known) strike of 1927.


Do you know that Colorado was once the most militantly unionized state
in the country?

That there were two Columbine Massacres?

That the first of these (78th anniversary on November 21st) was
perpetrated by the state police?

That groups of unarmed women were considered so dangerous they were
confronted with shotguns, machineguns and bayonets?

Read about Flaming Milka and her sister Santa, who engaged burly mine
guards in fistfights. Discover why the state of Colorado strafed
striking miners with bomber aircraft, and why the police mounted
machineguns at the Columbine mine. Find out why the Walsen Mine
deployed cannons and issued shoot to kill orders to their guards. Learn
why all the strike organizers that the police could catch were arrested
on charges such as vagrancy!

All of this, yet the strikers were armed only with their courage and
their audacity! Well, they had something more: a dream about economic
justice-- a dream that terrified their employers.

These workers were not just any strikers. They were Colorado coal
miners, men who descended on a rickety cage into the dark maw of hell
every work day of their lives. They worked with blasting powder; they
fought with stubborn coal car mules. They waded through black water
floods; they chiseled a living from the depths. How can you intimidate
a man who faces death daily?

And the strikers had another surprise, another front that could not be
intimidated. As the men were arrested, deported, or "white-capped," the
women of the 1920s coal camps took active, and in some cases critical
leadership roles to continue the fight.

"Slaughter in Serene: the Columbine Coal Strike Reader" uncovers a
history that had nearly been forgotten. It is a history of triumph and
tragedy, of working class dreams and rapacious capitalism.

This was the first strike in which Colorado miners achieved some
measure of success. This was the last strike in which the state militia
played their nefarious role. Sadly, it was just one of a number of
strikes in which miners and their families confronted violence
perpetrated by the state.

This book is about an unknown chapter of Colorado history. I co-edited
and helped to write it, along with Professor Eric Margolis, and
historians Joanna Sampson and Phil Goodstein.

Slaughter in Serene: the Columbine Coal Strike Reader is now available

The Rocky Mountain News has reviewed Slaughter in Serene:,1299,DRMN_63_4209860,00.html

For more information about the strike:

To order:

Bread and Roses Workers' Cultural Center, c/o P&L Printing, 2298 Clay
St., Denver 80211, or call 303-433-1852, or email breadandroses@xxxxxxx

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best wishes,
richard myers
Denver, Colorado