Copper! WWI & War on Labor / Musical Historical Performance
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12:15 pm until 1:30 pm
Green Room(W449), Fourth Floor of the Michigan State University Library, East Lansing MI 48824
Free & Open to the Public
Charlie King & Candace Cassin perform
In Butte Montana, neglect of safety by the mine owners led to a horrific mine fire that took the lives of 168 men, the worst deep mine disaster in U.S. history. In Bisbee Arizona over 1200 miners were pulled from their beds in the middle of the night, loaded into cattle cars and shipped to the New Mexico desert, left there never to return to their jobs, homes or families.
Charlie King & Candace Cassin recreate these dramatic events using historic narrative, original music and over 260 powerpoint images. They tell a story of corporate purchase of the political process, misinformation, biased hostile media, race-baiting and ethnic scapegoating, targeting immigrants, anti-union legislation, the use of hired thugs, etc. - methods still in use today. It is a dramatic performance a century old and as fresh as this morning’s headlines.