King Coal: A Novel

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Hutchinson, 1917 - Coal miners - 396 pages
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King Coal (1917) is to the mining world what Sinclair's The Jungle is to the meat-packing industry. Through protagonist Hal Warner, Sinclair reveals the abuses faced by immigrant mine workers. Read full review



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Page 402 - ... military necessity," but this we believe is the first time in our experience when the violation, of the fundamental rights of free men has been attempted to be justified by the plea of "industrial necessity." Even if we were to concede that there may be some palliation in the plea of military necessity, on the theory that such acts purport to be acts of the government itself, through its military arm, and with the purpose of preserving the public peace and safety, yet that a private corporation,...
Page 400 - Thus such voters were not choosing candidates, but, under the direction of the companies, were simply placing the cross where they found the particular letter R on the ballot, so that the ballot was not an expression of opinion or judgment, not an intelligent exercise of suffrage, but plainly a dictated coal company vote, as much so as if the agents of these companies had marked the ballots without the intervention of the voter. No more fraudulent and infamous prostitution of the ballot is conceivable.
Page 166 - OLD King Cole was a merry old soul, And a merry old soul was he; He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl, And he called for his fiddlers three.
Page 396 - Thus were the public election districts and the public election machinery turned over to the absolute domination and imperial control of private coal corporations, and used by them as absolutely and privately as were their mines, to and for their own private purposes...
Page 411 - Intense in interest, the dramatic situations portrayed enthrall the reader, while its evident realism and truth to life and conditions have gained for it the title of " The ' Uncle Tom's Cabin ' of the Twentieth Century." " I should be afraid to trust myself to tell how it affects me. It is a great work ; so simple, so true, so tragic, so human.
Page 397 - He testified that he was a resident of Pueblo, and was manager of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company; that Rouse, Lester, Ideal, Cameron, Walsen, Pictou and McNally are camps under his jurisdiction. That he had general charge of the camps and that there was no company official in Colorado superior to him in this respect, except the president; that the superintendent and other...
Page 401 - There can be no free, open and fair election as contemplated by the constitution, where private industrial corporations so throttle public opinion, deny the free exercise of choice by sovereign electors, dictate and control all election officers, prohibit public discussion of public questions, and imperially command what citizens may and what citizens may not, peacefully and for lawful purposes, enter upon election, or public territory.
Page 6 - Sinclair has absorbed himself in the study of the miner's life in the lonesome pits of the Rocky Mountains, and his sensitive and enthusiastic mind has brought to the world an American parallel to GERMINAL, Emile Zola's technical masterpiece.
Page 400 - To say that the closed precincts were not so created as to suit the convenience and interests of these corporations, or that they were not so formed with the advice and consent of these corporations, is to discredit human intelligence, and to deny human experience. The plain purpose of the formation of the new precincts was that the coal companies might have opportunity to conduct and control the elections therein, just as such elections were conducted.
Page 397 - May, 1914, and continued until January, 1915 ; that in all those camps he tried to keep out the people who were antagonistic to the company's interests; that it was private property, and so treated by his company ; that through him the company and its officials assumed to exercise authority as to who might or who might not enter ; that if persons could assure or satisfy the man at the gate, or the superintendent, that they were not connected with the United Mine Workers, or in their employ as agitators,...

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