On This Day in 1914, US Military Slaughtered Kids in Colorado and JD Rockefeller Had Media Cover It Up

By John Vibes

On April 19 and 20, 1914, during a miner strike in Colorado, the National Guard killed dozens of people—though the exact number of casualties is disputed, most sources agree that at least four women and 11 children were among the dead. When the workers first went on strike, they were evicted from the company-owned houses in the mining town, so they set up massive tent colonies outside of the towns. The workers were protesting for higher wages and better work qualities but were making very little progress.

The largest of these tent cities was in Ludlow, just outside of John D. Rockefeller’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Company. The tent city in Ludlow housed over 1,200 people, and entire families, including children, were living in these tents. The strike had been going on for months before the massacre, with tensions rising between the military and the strikers with every passing day.

Then one day, these tensions came to a head and the National Guard set up a machine gun on a hill overlooking the tent city and began raining down bullets on the workers and their families. The soldiers then invaded the colony and began setting fires to the tents, trapping many innocent people to die inside. When news of the violence spread, miners all over the state began to revolt, and went to war with the coal companies, shooting and attacking soldiers and mine owners, as well as dismantling railroad tracks and blowing mines shut.

Eventually, the Army was called in to quell the uprising and the protesters went back home or back to work.

However, news of the incident was beginning to spread, tarnishing the Rockefellers’ reputation and inspiring more protests. To deal with this problem of public perception, Rockefeller hired public relations pioneer, Ivy Lee. Lee was an early influence of Edward Bernays, who would later write the infamous book Propaganda, a textbook of mind control for tyrants and aristocrats. Bernays is often called the “father of propaganda.” If this is so, then Ivy Lee is the grandfather.

It is likely that Rockefeller picked Lee for the job because years earlier he came up with an idea that would revolutionize how corporations and governments communicated with the peasant class. In 1906, when a horrible train accident happened in Atlantic City, Lee suggested that the company issued a statement presenting their side of the story to the press—this was to be the first “press release.”

The disaster was caused by negligence on the part of the railroad company and was witnessed by hundreds of people, so the press release was a special measure taken in hopes to get their side of the story out first. The press release scheme was a success and two days later The New York Times just printed the company’s statement word for word! This kind of insanity continues to this day where “news“ reporters simply regurgitate the statement from the White House or from Exxon about what they are doing, instead of making any attempt at investigative journalism.

Starting with the Ludlow Massacre, Lee began to change the public image of the Rockefeller family and their businesses even if it meant telling blatant lies. Lee sent out mass bulletins claiming that the people who had been killed in the Colorado protests were the victims of a house fire caused by an “overturned stove,” when in reality those fires were intentionally set by National Guard soldiers. He also accused a popular union worker named “Mother Jones” of being a prostitute and running a brothel, because she was a vocal activist who was bringing a national spotlight on the incident.

On Lee’s advice, Rockefeller wrote a statement one month after the incident, insisting that,

There was no Ludlow massacre. The engagement started as a desperate fight for life by two small squads of militia against the entire tent colony … There were no women or children shot by the authorities of the State or representatives of the operators … While this loss of life is profound and to be regretted, it is unjust in the extreme to lay it at the door of the defenders of law and property, who were in no slightest way responsible for it.

For a short time, Lee and the Rockefellers were able to manage public perception of the event on a national level, although many residents of Colorado were already well aware of the truth behind the massacre. Eventually, word spread and caused outrage across the country, sparking widespread protests that eventually led to a congressional hearing. As expected, the congressional hearing solved nothing and brought no justice for the families of the slain children and miners.

To repair the public image of the Rockefeller name, Lee suggested that the family make high-profile donations to various charities and have photographs taken of them handing out money to the commoners to make people think that they were goodhearted and generous.

Again the plan worked and the application of public relations was able to resurrect Rockefeller’s reputation and then build it to the point where it is today. At the time of his death, Lee was being investigated by Congress for his work with the Nazis through the company IG Farben and a proxy firm called the German Dye Trust. He was also a founding member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Ludlow massacre is a part of history that is often glossed over, and when it is mentioned, it is typically in the backdrop of conversations about unions and labor laws. While it is true that this was a labor dispute and a strike, the power dynamic that existed between the workers, the company and the government is often overlooked.

It is often suggested that government is here to protect people from corporations becoming too powerful, but this incident illustrates how the government actually helps these interests maintain their power.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. John just won a 3-year-long battle with cancer, and will be working to help others through his experience, if you wish to contribute to his treatments consider subscribing to his podcast to support . This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

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8 Comments on "On This Day in 1914, US Military Slaughtered Kids in Colorado and JD Rockefeller Had Media Cover It Up"

  1. The Ludlow massacre was by the Colorado National Guard NOT the US Military. Your use of historically inaccurate click bate does a whole lot to discredit you and your site. The troops were not under federal control so basically your headline is fake history.

    • Hello. While the author made have given one inaccurate statement ,it does not hide the fact that this event occurred and there were people whom were responsible for it.So, NO, do not discredit the story because of one inaccurate statement. Thank you.

      • Correct. What difference does it make whether the Ludlow Massacre of Mine Workers/Strikers was carried out by the Colorado National Guard or Regular Army Troops? It clearly shows the power of the Rockefellers to have U.S. Troops, in this case the Colorado National Guard DO THEIR BIDDING. EVEN IF IT MEANS KILLING MINE WORKERS ON STRIKE IN LUDLOW, CO. By the way, from (((whom))), exactly, did J.D. Rockefeller get his start (FINANCING) in America in Railroads, Oil & Banking? Answer: (((Rothschilds))).

    • Just a technicality killing is killing hate is hate neither is good. Too much power in the hands of a very few. Look around aren’t things great tyranny Unleashed on the masses being paid slave wages an education system that provides no knowledge just workers as the Rockefellers envisioned Humanities been enslaved!!!

    • National Guard troops are part of the Federal military and are under the command of a four-star general. They are reserve groups located in each state, but they are nonetheless Federal troops. When not active under federal auspices, they are under the command of each state governor.

      The law conveniently blurs the line of the status of national guard troops. Although federal law forbids military interaction in civil affairs (Posse Comitatus Act) the National Guard is exempt from the law. This “loophole” is the government’s end run around the law which makes a mockery of the Comitatus’ provisions for the governor not only has the use of federally trained troops, but also to the artillery, planes, tanks, armored vehicles, or whatever is needed short of nuclear weaponsfor his use.

      The article’s content technically is not in error, and whether the federal government or the state governor orders them to shoot to kill, most people see it as the federal government’s fault because they are an element of the DOD, and trained by the DOD.

      Your comment seems to react to a clouded area rather than the fact that FEDERAL troops under the command of a governor were used to kill civilians.

  2. Waco and Ruby hill come to mind. The National gaurd was used to murder on account of Rockerfellers are the swamp.
    Drain the swamp.

  3. To think that programs like Democracy Now would accept funding from Rockefeller associated groups reveals the conflicts present in media.

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