The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America's Largest Labor Uprising
In 1921, some 10,000 West Virginia coal miners-- outraged over years of brutality and exploitation-- picked up their Winchesters and marched against their tormentors, the powerful mine owners who ruled their corrupt state. For ten days the miners fought a pitched battle against an opposing legion of deputies, state police, and makeshift militia. Only the intervention of a Federal expeditionary force ended this undeclared war. In The Battle of Blair Mountain, Robert Shogan shows this long-neglected slice of American history to be a saga of the conflicting political, economic, and cultural forces that shaped the power structure of twentieth-century America.
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Review: The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America's Largest Labor UprisingUser Review - Gary - Goodreads
A very interesting book on a very unknown part of US History. At the close of World War I, the UMW was attempting to extend their reach in the coal country of West Virginia, and many of the companies ... Read full review
Review: The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America's Largest Labor UprisingUser Review - Mary - Goodreads
After seeing a documentary about Blair Mtn, I was curious to read more. This book was difficult to sift through, but I was determined to do it. (My husband read it also and felt the same way.) It is ... Read full review