Ludlow provoked what historians have called the Ten Days War, a working class uprising which nearly became an interstate conflict. Angry Colorado miners captured cities, burned mining camps, attacked company gun thugs. Five thousand Wyoming miners armed with guns were prepared to cross the border to demand justice for women and babies massacred on the plains of Colorado.
Those women and children died as martyrs to the cause of economic justice. Their deaths were commemorated by the beautiful Ludlow Monument.
Someone-- an anonymous attacker-- perhaps with random rage, possibly with malice against the folks who produce the nation's wealth-- has desecrated one of the most sacred monuments of the American working class.
A sledge-hammer can destroy granite, but it cannot destroy the aspirations of those who seek justice.
Here is the story.