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Joe Hill
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    (October 7, 1879-November 19, 1915)
    Birth name was Joel Emmanuel Hagglund
    Member of the Industrial Workers of the World
    Wrote the songs ‘The Preacher and the Slave,' ‘There Is Power in a Union,' ‘Casey Jones – Union Scab' and ‘Rebel Girl'
    Executed by the state of Utah for murder
    On January 10, 1914, former policeman John G. Morrison and his son Arling were killed by two masked gunmen. During the incident, Arling shot and wounded one of the assailants.
    That same night, Hill showed up at a local doctor's office with a bullet wound, saying he had been wounded in an argument over another man's wife.
    During his trial, he refused to testify about the circumstances of his shooting.
    Utah's governor refused to offer clemency unless Hill satisfactorily explained how he had been wounded.
    The prosecution never provided a motive, a witness who could positively identify Hill, or a spent bullet at the crime scene capable of passing through a body, even though the bullet that wounded Hill had done so.
    Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, Samuel Gompers and the government of Sweden petitioned the state for clemency.
    Asked to choose his method of execution, he picked the firing squad, saying, ‘I've been shot a few times in the past and I guess I can stand it again.'
    Before his execution, he sent the message, ‘Don't waste any time in mourning. Organize!'
    He inspired the folk ballad, ‘I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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