The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America's Largest Labor Uprising

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Basic Books, Jul 26, 2006 - History - 304 pages
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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This is an interesting, readable account of an uprising of United Mine Workers members in West Virginia shortly after World War I. It shows how the entire community was affected by the strike, with ... Read full review

THE BATTLE OF BLAIR MOUNTAIN: The Story of America's Largest Labor Uprising

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A stunning re-creation of the great West Virginia uprising of 1921, when some 10,000 armed miners confronted coal operators and their hired guns in an attempt to unionize.After WWI, President Wilson's ... Read full review

Contents

1 Matewan Station
1
2 What Does Labor Want?
27
3 Seeing Red
45
4 A Powder Keg Ready to Blow
65
5 Its Good to Have Friends
87
6 War Insurrection and Riot
109
7 Mr Hatfield Goes to Washington
135
8 Even the Heavens Weep
153
9 I Come Creeping
183
10 Requiem for a Rebellion
211
Reference Notes
229
Bibliography
249
Index
255
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Robert Shogan has spent more than thirty years covering the political scene in Washington as national political correspondent for Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Government at the Center for Study of American Government of Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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