Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields: The Southern West Virginia Miners, 1880-1922

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University of Illinois Press, 1981 - History - 294 pages
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Between 1880 and 1922, the coal fields of southern West Virginia witnessed two bloody and protracted strikes, the formation of two competing unions, and the largest armed conflict in American labor history --- a week-long battle between 20,000 coal miners and 5,000 state police, deputy sheriffs, and mine guards. These events resulted in an untold number of deaths, indictments of over 550 coal miners for insurrection and treason, and four declarations of martial law. Corbin argues that these violent events were collective and militant acts of aggression interconnected and conditioned by decades of oppression. His study will go a long way toward breaking down the old stereotypes of Appalachian and coal-mining culture.

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