April 20, 2013

Louis Tikas: A Greek-American Hero

Louis Tikas was a Greek-American immigrant born in Loutra, Crete as Elias Anastasiou Spantidakis. He was the main labor union organizer at the Ludlow camp during a 14-month coal strike in southern Colorado from 1913-1914. He was shot and killed during the Ludlow Massacre, the bloodiest event of the strike, on April 20, 1914, the day after Orthodox Christian Easter.

Below is an interview with Zeese Papanikolas about the Greek immigrant Louis Tikas. Papanikolas is the author of Buried Unsung, an account of Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre.