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Joe Hill

Joe Hill
Real name
Joel Emmanuel Hägglund
Born
October 7, 1879
Died
November 19, 1915
Country
United States
IPI
00664824714 1 work
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Born in Sweden, Hägglund migrated to the United States in 1902 with his brother. He worked as an itinerant laborer, moving frequently. In 1910, Hill joined the Industrial Workers of the World. and rapidly became a prominent Wobbly, giving speeches and organizing for the IWW, as well as writing political songs and satires under the name Joe Hill. He had previously used the alias Joe Hillstrom, apparently due to anti-union blacklisting. Hill was convicted of murder in 1915, which he evidently didn't commit. Executed by a firing squad in Utah, he became a martyr and revered figure in the labor movement.

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