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Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917

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The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began a half hour before midnight on June 8, 1917, when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company??'s ???Granite Mountain??? shaft.& nbsp; During an effort to improve safety in the mine, a fire sparked more than 2,000 feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas up the length of the wood-timbered shaft.& nbsp; Tragically, Granite Mountain connected to five other mines through a labyrinth of manways.& nbsp; Within an hour, more than four hundred men would be locked in a battle to survive.& nbsp; Within three days, one hundred and sixty-four of them would be dead.& nbsp; Fire and Brimstone is also the broader story of Butte, Montana at the outbreak of WWI.& nbsp; The fire would catalyze a two month spasm of disaster, strikes, murder, and ultimately occupation by federal troops.& nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; The Anaconda Copper Mining Company had long been a corrupt institution and is still considered today as one of the most abusive corporations in the history of the American West.& nbsp; In response to this oppressive corporation, the IWW, a radical labor movement vowed the destruction of this capitalist system.& nbsp; And from this political maelstrom and mining disaster rose a Montana lawyer who would shape local and national history.

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Recounting the remarkable stories of the men below ground and their families above, this volume focuses on two groups of miners who made the incredible decision to entomb themselves to escape the gas during what's known as the North Butte Mine Disaster of 1917 in which 164 miners died.

About the Author

Michael Punke grew up on the North Platte River in Wyoming. During his teenage years he spent three summers as a "living history interpreter" at Fort Laramie National Historic Site. His professional experience includes work for a Montana senator and a stint on the White House Staff. He lives in Montana with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401308896
Author:
Punke, Michael
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Mining
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 11.04 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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