Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Pub Night Talks

The Centralia Incident: a Historical Interrogation

Anderson School - Haynes' Hall

6 pm doors, 7 pm program


All ages welcome

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About The Centralia Incident: a Historical Interrogation

The Centralia Incident: a Historical Interrogation

Presented by: Daniel O’Donnel Labor Educator, Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

On Armistice Day, November 11, 1919 an armed conflict ignited in Centralia, Washington. Tensions had been building for some time between the local American Legion and the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the Wobblies. Many facts of the incident remain bitterly contested, but a few facts are not in dispute. By the morning of November 12th, six men were dead: four American Legionnaires, one deputy sheriff, and one labor union organizer—who had been lynched and hung from a bridge.

Who started the violence, who was guilty or innocent, who were the perpetrators and who were the victims was a subject of intense disagreement in 1919 and it remains a contested history to this day.

About the Speaker:

Daniel O’Donnell is an instructor at the Washington Labor Education and Research Center, based at South Seattle College. Grandson of both lumber mill worker and a banker, he is a former union organizer and representative. Prior to his work for labor unions, he studied labor history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

About Pub Night Talks

Pub Night Talks

The University of Washington Bothell and McMenamins co-sponsor this speaker series in which university faculty and other notables from the community share their expertise through entertaining and informal talks. Learn about interesting topics and issues of the day while enjoying the hospitality of Anderson School’s Haynes’ Hall. It's like being back in the classroom -- except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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