The Mine Wars

The Mine Wars

DVD - 2016
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At the beginning of the 20th century, coal was the engine of American industrial progress. Nearly three quarters of a million men across the country spent ten or twelve hours a day underground in coal mines. The Mine Wars brings to life the struggle that turned the coalfields of southern West Virginia into a blood-soaked war zone where basic constitutional rights and freedoms were violently contested.
Publisher: [Boston, MA] : WGBH Educational Foundation : Distributed by PBS Distribution, c2016
ISBN: 9781627895972
Branch Call Number: DVD 622.33409 M6621 2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
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Language Note: Closed-captioned


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Jul 05, 2018

A brilliant documentary detailing perhaps the most important labor union struggle of the first two decades-- the fight of coal miners in southern West Virginia against the coal operators that controlled state and local politics. Coal was the engine of American industrial progress.

We see the coal miner leaders from Mother Jones to Frank Keeney et al. Sid Hatfield is set up and murdered on the steps of a public building. A small army of miners mount the largest insurrection since the Civil War, marching on Logan. The armed conflict ends with the intervention of the US Army under Presidential order. These citizens were denied their civil rights and protections under the law.

This is a very sad story.


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