Anna "Annie" Clemenc

Title

Anna "Annie" Clemenc

Subject

Labor rights

Description

Michigan labor activist who rallied workers and fought against capitalists so that laborers could sit at the bargaining table

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image Source: http://thelaborhalloffame.org/sites/lihf.wayne.prometheuslabor.com/files/Clemenc.jpg

Birth Date

1888

Birthplace

Calumet, Michigan

Death Date

1956

Occupation

Labor organizer

Biographical Text

Annie Clemenc was a labor organizer who played an important role in shaping the labor movement in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She fought for coal miners during the 1913-1914 by organizing the Woman's Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners in support of the miners' cause. She marched at the front of the line on the day that the miners went on strike, carrying the flag proudly in front of the workers. A follower of Mother Mary Harris Jones, Eugene Debs, and socialism, she was arrested and jailed twice for her efforts to help unionize Michigan's Copper Country. The violent and, sometimes, deadly strike put Clemenc in harm's way, but she persevered. Although the miners did not gain the right to unionize, they were successful in securing higher wages and a shorter work day.

Bibliography

Burns, Virginia. Tall Annie. (Bath, MI: Enterprise Press, 1987).

Clemenc was also inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

Files

Clemenc.jpg

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Date Added
June 3, 2014
Collection
Reform (Social or Labor)
Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Anna "Annie" Clemenc,” Women Who Dared, accessed November 16, 2019, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/7.