Jane Little Botkin

Copper Stain book cover (199 x 300)

Growing up with ASARCO, EL Paso, TX

By Jane Little Botkin / February 10, 2019 /

The University of Oklahoma Press recently released a new book that certainly caught my attention. Copper Stain, by Elaine Hampton and Cynthia C. Ontiveros, should be an excellent read. I was raised on El Paso’s northeast side but moved near ASARCO (the west side) after I turned 18. The smelter’s community plays a small role in my book Frank…

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Jane Street and the Rebel Maids: Sex, Syndicalism, and Denver’s Capitol Hill

By Jane Little Botkin / February 1, 2019 /

Moving along quickly on my new book, that is what I can tell you. Hence my absence from the blog! This is what I can share with you: In the course of my research for writing Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family, I came across Jane Street, a “feisty, little housemaid” who uniquely…

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Anniversary of the Everett Massacre

By Jane Little Botkin / November 5, 2018 /

Today is the anniversary of a horrific incident (which seems too mild of a word to use), where innocent men lost their lives at the hands of vigilantes who disagreed idealogically. The Everett Massacre reminds us Americans how we have a capacity to turn thoughtless, ugly, really, when it comes to our divisions. Today, we still have not…

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 House surrounded by trees, black and white (300 x 255)

La Bruja de Calle Piedmont

By Jane Little Botkin / October 31, 2018 /

This morning I had one of those rare moments, reveries really, when I was back in El Paso. Perhaps it’s because today is Halloween, or because I am working on Jane Street family anecdotes, threshing the chaff from tiny story-seeds. I recalled sitting in Dr. John O. West’s American folklore class at the University of…

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The Bindle Stiff

By Jane Little Botkin / October 27, 2018 /

When I was a kid at Halloween in El Paso, Texas, I often resorted to the easiest costume I could put together, short of cutting two holes in a white sheet and trick-or-treating as a ghost. While many of my peers often dressed as beatniks, my friends and I would dress as hoboes. Easy. Ragged…

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Woodie Guthrie, Another Life Cut Short

By Jane Little Botkin / October 3, 2018 /

I’m busy preparing my presentation for the High Plains Book Festival so no new post. Since today is the anniversary of American folk singer and writer Woody Guthrie’s death, I honor him, reposting a blog from my www.franklittleandtheiww.net “Chasing Rabbits” page: I first came across Woody Guthrie while researching another lyricist, IWW Joe Hill, whom…

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David Street in a suit and tie, black and white (242 x 300) (1)

David Street, Hollywood Actor

By Jane Little Botkin / September 30, 2018 /

I just returned from interviewing Jane Street’s grandson and gained a wealth of information. He had already destroyed some of her work, and I was prepared to find little. Imagine my excitement to discover about a 1 ½” stack of her type-written writings. Poems, short stories, jokes, protest articles. Who knew there would be so…

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Younger Jane Little Botkin wearing a gown in a pageant (black and white)

Me too, Jane, too?

By Jane Little Botkin / September 28, 2018 /

On a flight to Las Vegas, Nevada, my destination before heading to Bullhead, Arizona, and an interview with Jane Street’s grandson. I have waited all year for this opportunity. The trip is certainly refreshing after watching the drama this week regarding the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearings. I wept during testimonies—for both individuals. I, like most…

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So what does a book title suggest? The part after the colon?

By Jane Little Botkin / September 15, 2018 /

Have you ever been to a wine tasting? You sip a delicious Shiraz and next want to try a Sangiovese. But before you can move on to the next wine, you must rinse the taste out of your mouth with a sip of water, or the two flavors will meld, giving a false impression. In other words, you…

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Cartoon of a woman looking at a Mistress Blacklist (300 x 286)

Jane Street and the Housemaid Rebellion: Sex, Syndicalism, and Denver’s Capitol Hill

By Jane Little Botkin / September 11, 2018 /

Since I am about to resume work on my new book, Jane Street and the Housemaid Rebellion: Sex, Syndicalism, and Denver’s Capitol Hill, I am re-posting a blog from my Chasing Rabbits page at www.franklittleandtheiww.net. Later I will break down this title for readers. It sounds nasty, doesn’t it? I will say this, if the “Me, Too”…

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