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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Thoreau Wieck  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri

-- David Thoreau Wieck on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author spent his childhood in Southern Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author's mother (about who the book is written) was a labor organizer for the Progressive Mine Workers Union in southern Illinois. During World War II, he was jailed for almost 3 years for being a conscientous objector. After the war, he joined the editorial board of "Why?" which was later renamed "Resistance". He received a Ph.D.from Columbia in 1958 and began teaching at Rensselaer in Troy, New York. He taught philosophy and was a social anarachist theorist, well known in left wing intellectual circles.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Woman from Spillertown: A Memoir of Agnes Burns Wieck
ISBN: 0809316196

Southern Illinois University Press. 1991

Kathryn Kish Sklar calls this work "a major contribution to our historical understanding of the role of women in organizing American miners in the twentieth century."

Agnes Burns Wieck was a crusading labor organizer, an activist known as "the Mother Jones of Illinois." This first book-length biography is a unique portrait of her energy and unremitting dedication to social justice.

Wieck organized miners’ wives and led a movement of Illinois coalfield women. She used her talents as a journalist and a public speaker to campaign for a decent standard of living, for good schools and working conditions in communities free of corporate domination, and for union democracy, racial equality, and acceptance of women in political life.