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Capitol Perspectives: Social Unrest Spans Nearly a Century: Missouri Mining Riots of 1917

by Mark Hughes

This summer’s social unrest, which began last year with the outbreak of violence in Ferguson, comes nearly a century after another dark chapter of Missouri social strife: the Lead Belt mining riots of 1917.

Those riots began 99 years ago on Friday, July 13, 1917. Missouri’s Lead Belt at that time consisted largely of shafts, mills, chat dumps and company houses built near mines sank into the

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