Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars

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David Corbin
PM Press, Nov 1, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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Telling the powerful story of the West Virginia coal mining rebellions of the early 20th century, this book collects material from the leaders, the miners, and the journalists sent to report on the 1912 and 1921 West Virginia mine wars—explosive examples of strikes and union battles. Featured in the text are articles, speeches, and discussions between union leaders such as Samuel Gompers, Frank Keeney, Fred Mooney, Bill Blizzard, and Mother Jones. Also included are U.S. Senate committee testimonies from miners and their family members describing life and work in the coal camps and explaining their participation in the violence. These facts clearly portray the human cost of industry and present the hard choices of a rebellious and often politically radical populace who refuses to be beleaguered under any circumstances.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
8
CHAPTER II
22
CHAPTER III
46
The Organizers
72
CHAPTER V
96
CHAPTER VI
106
CHAPTER VII
126
Treason
176
Novelist and Journalist
186
CHAPTER X
208
CHAPTER XI
214
INDEX
263
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About the author (2011)

David Allen Corbin teaches history at the University of Maryland and has received state, regional, and national awards for his work on coal mining history. He is the author of Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

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