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History Professor Presents Work at Ludlow Massacre Commemoration Symposium

April 22, 2014

Anthony DeStefanisAssistant Professor of History Dr. Anthony DeStefanis attended and presented his research at a Symposium held in Pueblo, Colorado, April 18-19 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre The Symposium was organized by the History Department at Colorado State University-Pueblo and the Pueblo branch of History Colorado, the state’s historical society.

The 1913-14 southern Colorado coal strike, which produced the Ludlow Massacre, is a central event in DeStefanis' current research, a study that uses the Colorado National Guard to examine military strikebreaking in the United States. DeStefanis presented a paper titled "The Battle at Ludlow Reconsidered," in which he examined the actions of the Colorado National Guard on the morning of April 20, 1914. By doing so, DeStefanis explained how the fighting between the National Guard and the striking miners began and how it led to the Ludlow Massacre.

A question that repeatedly arose at the symposium was whether or not Ludlow was actually a massacre. DeStefanis, along with colleague Rosemary Fueuer, tackled this question in a double blog entry posted on the Labor and Working-Class History Association blog. Read the blog entry here.

DeStefanis will also present three lectures in early May sponsored by the Colorado Humanities Council to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre. The lecture is titled, "The Road to Ludlow: Breaking the 1913-1914 Southern Colorado Coal Strike," which bears the same name as his article published in the Journal of the Historical Society in September 2012.

DeStefanis is also working on a book manuscript titled, "Guarding the Empire: Soldier Strikebreakers on the Long Road to the Ludlow Massacre."

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