“It was kind of weird growing up, knowing that there was a war fought here and nobody knew about it, and there’s no monuments to it,” Professor Chuck Keeney said. Others believe the story of the mine wars has been suppressed because it challenges the image of big coal as a benevolent force in the state.
SOURCE: New York Times
In a region still marked by rampant inequality, the public forgetting of the Battle of Blair Mountain seems like a concerted effort to suppress working people's history.
SOURCE: Economic Policy Institute
by Dave Kamper
"In many mining regions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mine companies for all practical purposes were the government."
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