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The First Lady in Red: Cornelia Bryce Pinchot and American Labor
Sunday, September 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmFree
Ken and Abby Wolensky tell the story of Cornelia Bryce Pinchot, wife of PA Governor Gifford Pinchot. A real radical, she fought for suffrage and against corporate interests, especially the “steel trust,” and encouraged workers to join the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers.
Like her contemporary, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cornelia Pinchot was a progressive reformer very much in tune with social, political and economic issues especially in the 1920s and 1930s. For this presentation excerpts from several of Cornelia’s many speeches housed at the Library of Congress as well as newspaper articles from the time period will be used.. Among Cornelia most vociferous speeches were aimed at steel workers of Western Pennsylvania, which will be highlighted in the presentation.