Reece, Florence, 1900-1986


Reece was a writer and social activist whose song ''Which Side Are You On?'' became an anthem for the labor movement. Borrowing from the melody of the old hymn ''Lay the Lily Low,'' Mrs. Reece wrote the union song in the 1930's to describe the plight of mine workers who were organizing a strike in Harlan County, Ky. Mrs. Reece's husband, Sam, who died in 1978, was one of those workers. Pete Seeger, the folk singer, recorded the song in 1941. It has since been used worldwide by groups espousing labor and social issues. -- New York Times Obituaries, August 6, 1986.

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