On August 1, 1917, labor organizer Frank Little was taken forcibly from his boarding house in Butte, Montana, and was lynched from a railroad trestle.
In the summer of 1917, Little had been helping to organize copper workers in a strike against the Anaconda Copper Company.
He also took a stand against the war, arguing that all working men should refuse to join the army and fight on behalf of their capitalist oppressors. He said in the last speech before his death,
I stand for the solidarity of labor.
He took part in the free speech campaigns of the early 20th century. In Spokane, he was sentenced to 30 days in prison for reading the Declaration of Independence.
Read more about Frank Little at the I.W.W. website.
A poster of the portrait of Frank Little by Nicole Schulman can be ordered from the IWW.
Watch the video below from the Harvey Richards Media Archive.
View resources for teaching about labor history at the Zinn Education Project.