Coal Mining

  • 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. 

  • 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.