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Hill's Last Words

Joe Hill, an itinerant laborer, hobo, and songwriter, joined the International Workers of the World (the Wobblies) in 1910 and began producing protest songs, many of which ("Casey Jones," for example) became world famous.

In 1914, Hill was convicted of murdering a Salt Lake City store owner. Sentenced to death, Hill became a cause celebre among socialists and his last words a rallying cry for radical labor: "Don't mourn for me," he said. "Organize!"

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