Blair Mountain, West Virginia Still Shows the Grip of the Coal Industry
“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: Bitter Southerner
Life After the Mines
A long read examines the social disruption that ensues when coal companies close shop and abandon the communities that have grown around mining work for decades and generations.
SOURCE: The Nation
The 100th Anniversary of the Biggest Uprising Since the Civil War
by Samuel Fleischman
West Virginia coal country needs to recover the tradition of solidarity that developed during the state's deadly mine wars to move to a fair post-coal future.
SOURCE: The Guardian
You Don't Have to Choose Between Jobs and Safety. Just Ask West Virginia
We can guarantee economic security and keep every working family safe, paid for by an end to grotesque wealth inequality. Here’s how.
SOURCE: News Release -- John M. Rossi,
Pennsylvania’s 175-year heritage of immigrant toil and anthracite wealth is lost as Huber Breaker Historic Site is Demolished for Scrap
Bankruptcy Court finds the Huber Breaker’s 900 tons of steel, valued at $85,000, was a much higher worth than preserving the keystone historic site.
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