For years my husband Dale Danley and I have looked forward to taking Marie Equi’s life story to her hometown: New Bedford, Massachusetts. Very few people there had heard of her, yet she is one of the city’s notable historical figures. As a child of working-class Italian-Irish immigrant parents, a child laborer in the city’s burgeoning textile mill industry, and a determined agitator for social and economic justice, Equi was someone who applied the values she had learned in New Bedford and applied them throughout much of her adult life.
During a September book tour of Massachusetts, we talked about Equi and the biography before audiences at several sites, including the New Bedford Public Library and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. I was also interviewed on the area’s top Morning Radio Program by popular WBSM 1420 host Phil Paleologos. Here’s a clip with me discussing Equi’s importance to New Bedford, her adventure in Oregon, and my own identification with this fierce agitator for justice. (My reflections on Equi's impact on me are located at the end of the interview at about 20 minute mark)
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