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Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Cultural historian Jeff Biggers takes us to the dark amphitheatre ruins of his family’s nearly 200-year-old hillside homestead that has been strip-mined on the edge of the first federally recognized Wilderness Site in southern Illinois. In doing so, he not only comes to grips with his own denied backwoods heritage, but also chronicles a dark and missing chapter in the Am
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Nation Books (first published 2009)
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David
Jan 27, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This book is a good overview of the history of coal mining in Illinois, but its main focus is the region of southern Illinois around Eagle Creek. Just south of Eagle Creek, the Shawnee National Forest holds some of the most beautiful land in Illinois. I've hiked through a lot of that land over the last 20 years but I never knew the ravages of the coal industry were so close. This book was a real eye-opener for me.

A few minor complaints: a book which describes the importance of place should real
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Nancy
Jul 14, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it
Everyone from southern Illinois should buy and read this book.

Everyone from north of I-70 who likes to snort haughtily and feel superior to those from southern Illinois, dismissed as hillbillies, should buy and read this book. You might learn something.

Everyone who's heard of this FutureGen foolishness being crammed down our throats here in Illinois should buy and read this book.

Everyone who fails to understand why unions matter should buy and read this book.

Everyone who refuses to get out of t
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Jean Mehochko
Dec 23, 2016 Jean Mehochko rated it really liked it
Very interesting to me because of Eagle Creek's proximity to our hometown as well as the fact that a coal mine processing plant is now located a mile from our house. Very alarming because of the devastation wrought by strip mining at Eagle Creek as well as the State of Illinois' consistent turning a blind eye to this devastation. It pretty much confirms what I feel still going on today. Lots of ancient history and 20th century history here, detailing just how much has been lost in southern Illin ...more
Alan Mills
Oct 27, 2013 Alan Mills rated it liked it
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Excellent history of the battle between big coal and the people of Southern Illinois. Whites were first drawn to Southern Illinois by salt. Coal was readily available, and was useful in processing the salt. But with the industrial revolution, the extraction of coal became the priority.

Southern Illinois lead the radical organized resistance nationally by coal miners against coal company exploitation. Mother Jones started her long career as an organizer in Southern Illinois and insisted on being b
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Jim Manis
Aug 07, 2015 Jim Manis rated it really liked it
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A ringing and poetic condemnation of two hundred years of environmental and human exploitation of the Illinois coal regions. I've been to the Eagle Creek area a number of times. Biggers' description is spot on.
DeArryka Williams
Nov 19, 2015 DeArryka Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the more interesting books I have read in my History classes. I learned a lot that I didn't know about an area not too far from me and got a refresher course on the evils of global warming.
Elyse83
Oct 17, 2015 Elyse83 rated it really liked it
Lyrical, part family memoir and state memoir. I learned about the coal industry in Southern Illinois and Appalachia. The book is making me reconsider how I use my energy every day.
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