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Irish in America: Remembering Three Who Made Their Mark迅雷专用 VOICE ONE:Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Sp
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Irish in America: Remembering Three Who Made Their Mark


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VOICE ONE:

Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember.

VOICE TWO:

And I'm Shirley Griffith. March seventeenth is Saint Patrick's Day, a time to celebrate Irish culture. The Census Bureau says that in two thousand seven, thirty-six and a half million people in the United States claimed Irish ancestry. That was more than ten percent of all Americans -- and more than eight times the number of people in Ireland itself.

VOICE ONE:

This week on our program, we remember three Irish-Americans: the labor activist Mother Jones, the early photographer Matthew Brady and the entertainer Bing Crosby.

(MUSIC)

VOICE TWO:

That song is called "The Death of Mother Jones." Gene Autry recorded it three months after she died in nineteen thirty.

琼斯母亲是美国劳工运动最具说服力和形象最鲜明的领袖。她虽然已去世60多年了,但她的名字至今仍与美国文化息息相关,同名的《琼斯母亲》杂志以她“为死去的人们祈祷,为活着的人努力奋斗”这一口号,成为20世纪最著名和最振奋人心的杂志。

  1830年5月1日,玛丽·哈里斯·琼斯出生于爱尔兰科克市。她还是
孩子时,就看到英国士兵沿街扫荡,爱尔兰的一位领袖死于他们的刺刀下。她的祖父是一位爱尔兰自由斗士,死于斗争中。她父亲在1835年带着全家逃往美国。琼斯17岁从加拿大的一所中学毕业后,到芝加哥的一所女修道院当了8个月的老师,然后就在那里做裁缝女工。

  1867年,她37岁时,一个星期之内,她的丈夫和4个幼小的孩子都被流行性黄热病夺去了生命。4年后,芝加哥的一场大火再次夺走了她的一切,也彻底改变了她的人生。她开始参加劳工运动。

  琼斯母亲为那些芝加哥富人缝衣服的时候,已深刻地认识到社会的不公。她说:“为那些住在豪华房子里的地主和男爵缝衣时,我从明镜般的玻璃窗望出去,那些失业的、颤抖的、饥饿的穷人在冰天雪地里行走,与生活在明媚灯光下的富人形成多么鲜明的对比啊,这对比深深地刺痛了我的心。”

  芝加哥大火后的两三年里,她居无定所,在全国各地游走,“哪里有斗争我就在哪里!”她被工人们称作“矿工天使”。1891年,她成为“联合煤矿工人协会”的组织者。1905年“世界工业劳工”组织创建,琼斯母亲是这一组织27位创立者中唯一的女性。

  她小小的个子和祖母般亲切的外表后面,是一颗火一样炽热的心。每当她踏上讲台,她就成为了极有号召力的演说者。她可以令听众泪如雨下,或者发出爆炸似的笑声。

  玛丽·哈里斯·琼斯经历了美国内战和第一次世界大战,在美国历史上有着重要的地位。

Mary Harris Jones

Mary Harris Jones was one of America's most effective labor organizers. Yet few people knew her real name. She rarely, if ever, used it. She was known as Mother Jones. Those on the other side of the labor struggle called her "The Most Dangerous Woman in America."

That is also the name of a book from two thousand one by Elliott Gorn, a professor now at Brown University in Rhode Island. His research produced new information about Mother Jones.

For example, she said she was born in Ireland in eighteen thirty. She was born in Ireland but Professor Gorn found that the year was eighteen thirty-seven. In other words, she was seven years younger than she claimed.

VOICE ONE:

Mary Harris was a schoolteacher in the state of Tennessee when she married an iron worker named George Jones. They had four children.

But in eighteen sixty-seven her husband and all four children died of yellow fever.

Mary Jones moved to Chicago and became a successful dressmaker. Then everything she had was destroyed again -- this time, in the Great Chicago Fire of eighteen seventy-one.

After that she became involved in the labor movement. Mary Jones seemed to appear whenever and wherever there were labor problems.

She often worked with coal miners. They began calling her "mother," and she started using the name Mother Jones. Sometimes she was called "the Miner's Angel."

VOICE TWO:

Coal was produced mostly in six states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia and Colorado.

In eighteen forty, the United States had seven thousand coal miners. They dug about two million tons of coal from the ground.

By nineteen hundred, the number of miners had reached almost seven hundred thousand. And that year they produced three hundred fifty million tons of coal.

Accidents killed thousands of mine workers. Miners were low paid and generally lived in towns owned and operated by the mine owner. Under this system, the company paid the miners, then the miners paid the money back to the company in return for goods and rent.

VOICE ONE:

Mine workers who attempted to organize met fierce opposition, and sometimes violence. Mother Jones believed that unions represented the best hope for coal miners and other workers to improve their lives.

She spoke out against child labor and unsafe working conditions. "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living," she would say.

She worked for an early union called the Knights of Labor. Later she became an organizer for the United Mine Workers union. She was also a founder of the union known as the Industrial Workers of the World.

And for several years she traveled as a speaker for the Socialist Party. But, in the end, she found that she liked the ideas of Socialism more than the party and its supporters.

Mother Jones led protests to further the cause of unions. Many of the protests involved women and children. She led a march of miners' wives in western Pennsylvania in nineteen hundred. And three years later she led a children's march to President Theodore Roosevelt's New York home to protest child labor.

VOICE TWO:

Mother Jones was arrested many times. In West Virginia in nineteen twelve, violence connected to a miners' strike led to her trial and conviction for conspiracy to murder.

The state governor freed her, but only after the United States Senate ordered an investigation into conditions in the West Virginia coal fields.

In nineteen thirteen, she was kept under house arrest for nine weeks after helping to organize mine workers in Colorado.

Mother Jones died after celebrating, supposedly, her one hundredth birthday in nineteen thirty. Professor Gorn says she was really ninety-three. But her place in labor history is undisputed. Mother Jones is recognized in the National Women's Hall of Fame and the United States Labor Department's Labor Hall of Fame.

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VOICE ONE:

Matthew Brady

Now, we move on to an American whose father was born in Ireland. Matthew Brady documented the American Civil War in pictures. He has been called the father of photojournalism.

He was born near Lake George in New York State around eighteen twenty-two. His father was a farmer.

Matthew Brady moved to New York City where he learned about photography, still a new technology then.

He began taking pictures of famous people in eighteen forty-four. Among his subjects were Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, Walt Whitman and Edgar Allen Poe.

He wanted to photograph more political leaders, so in eighteen forty-nine he moved to Washington, D.C.

VOICE TWO:

The Civil War began in eighteen sixty-one. Matthew Brady decided to document the conflict. Yet he suffered from poor eyesight. So he put together teams of photographers to help him.

Brady took some of the battlefield pictures himself. But he got credit for all the photographs because they were made by his teams.

People could now see battlefield deaths as captured by a camera rather than an artist's pen or paintbrush. But Brady could not sell enough pictures to pay the costs of taking and processing them. He had to sell his offices to pay his debts.

In eighteen seventy-five, Congress bought all of his Civil War pictures for twenty-five thousand dollars. But even that was not enough to save him from financial ruin.

Matthew Brady died a poor man in eighteen ninety-six. But the pictures that he and his photographers made left a wealth of history for all future generations to see.

(MUSIC: "Too Rah Loo Rah Loo Rah")

VOICE ONE:

Bing Crosby was a singer and actor whose mother's family came from Ireland. He was born Harry Lillis Crosby in nineteen hundred and three in the northwestern city of Tacoma, Washington.

There are different stories about how he got his nickname. One version says his friends started calling him Bingo, and later Bing, after characters in a local comic strip, the Bingville Bugle. Another story goes that when he was a boy playing cowboys and Indians, he shouted "bing" instead of "bang" after a make-believe gunshot.

VOICE TWO:

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby started to sing professionally in the nineteen twenties. His group the Rhythm Boys joined the famous Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra. When the group broke up, Bing started singing alone in nightclubs and on the radio. And he started appearing in movies.

He made more than sixty films. He won an Academy Award for best actor for the nineteen forty-four movie "Going My Way." He played an Irish priest, Father O'Malley. Later, he had his own radio and television shows.

As a singer, Bing Crosby's biggest recording success came from a nineteen forty-two movie. In "Holiday Inn" he sang a new song by Irving Berlin. That recording of "White Christmas" has sold more than one hundred million copies. That puts it among the best-selling singles of all time. Bing Crosby died in nineteen seventy-seven.

(MUSIC: "White Christmas")

VOICE ONE:

Our program was written by Nancy Steinbach and produced by Caty Weaver. I'm Steve Ember.

VOICE TWO:

And I'm Shirley Griffith. You can find our programs with transcripts and MP3s at EN8848.com. Join us again next week for THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English.

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