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Ivy Lee and the Rockefellers' Response to the 1913-1914 Colorado Coal Strike

Ivy Lee and the Rockefellers' Response to the 1913-1914 Colorado Coal Strike Ivy Lee's work on behalf of the Rockefellers and the coal mine operators in the aftermath of the bitter Colorado coal strike of 1913-1914 was a milestone in early public relations. Based primarily on original manuscripts, this historical study chronicles Lee's work as a consultant in 1914 and as a Rockefeller staff member in 1915. Lee's best-known activity was a series of controversial informational bulletins targeted at opinion leaders. He also engaged in government relations, conducted some media relations, and provided advice on how the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company could improve labor relations. The findings provide no support for claims that Lee was intentionally deceptive, but supports a contradiction thesis, which suggests a gap existed between Lee's espoused principles of publicity and his actions. This contradiction can be explained by the fact that Lee worked in less than ideal circumstances. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Public Relations Research Taylor & Francis

Ivy Lee and the Rockefellers' Response to the 1913-1914 Colorado Coal Strike

Journal of Public Relations Research , Volume 14 (4): 51 – Oct 1, 2002

Ivy Lee and the Rockefellers' Response to the 1913-1914 Colorado Coal Strike

Abstract

Ivy Lee's work on behalf of the Rockefellers and the coal mine operators in the aftermath of the bitter Colorado coal strike of 1913-1914 was a milestone in early public relations. Based primarily on original manuscripts, this historical study chronicles Lee's work as a consultant in 1914 and as a Rockefeller staff member in 1915. Lee's best-known activity was a series of controversial informational bulletins targeted at opinion leaders. He also engaged in government...
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Abstract

Ivy Lee's work on behalf of the Rockefellers and the coal mine operators in the aftermath of the bitter Colorado coal strike of 1913-1914 was a milestone in early public relations. Based primarily on original manuscripts, this historical study chronicles Lee's work as a consultant in 1914 and as a Rockefeller staff member in 1915. Lee's best-known activity was a series of controversial informational bulletins targeted at opinion leaders. He also engaged in government relations, conducted some media relations, and provided advice on how the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company could improve labor relations. The findings provide no support for claims that Lee was intentionally deceptive, but supports a contradiction thesis, which suggests a gap existed between Lee's espoused principles of publicity and his actions. This contradiction can be explained by the fact that Lee worked in less than ideal circumstances.

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Journal of Public Relations ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 1, 2002

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