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Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars

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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 wars—explosive examples of strikes and union battles. Featured in the text are articles, speeches, and discussions between union leaders such as ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by PM Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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Meredith
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The WV mine wars are my specialist subject, so this wasn't new information. It is always interesting to see the period documents and reporting though. Some of the interviews with a senate committee were also hilarious. One senator from NJ, Martine, was so appalled by the whole situation, which was reassuring.

There was an amusing zinger from a coal baron to Senator Martine though, when Martine was condemning him for the appalling sanitation in company towns:
"West Virginia does not need to go to t
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Shelves: 2014, history, non-fiction
I was a little disappointed that there was so little mention about Blair Mountain. It was really just a passing reference. He could have edited back on the history of 'The Star' newspaper in my opinion to dedicate a chapter on 'Blair Mountain'.
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