Synopses & Reviews
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 warsexplosive 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.
"Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals is a unique documentation of the West Virginia mine wars, using speeches, written testimony, and newspaper articles from Union newspapers to tell the story of the conflict in the voices of those involved." —www.RazorCake.org
"The story of the Mine Wars is shocking." —resolutereader.blogspot.co.uk
About the Author
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.