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Image for Western Maryland Railway in West Virginia: The Photographs of G.H. Broadwater

Western Maryland Railway in West Virginia: The Photographs of G.H. Broadwater

By: Alan Clarke

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Hardcover, 176 pages:

Seller Id: 65


At the end of the 19th century, railroads entered the mountains of eastern and central West Virginia for the first time. This opened up vast areas of virgin forest to the lumberman. Later, valuable coalfields were discovered beneath the forests. The development of the region was in full swing by the first decades of the 20th century. G. H. Broadwater, a photographer from Thomas, West Virginia, traveled the Western Maryland Railway and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in sta... View more info

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No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster

By: Bonnie E. Stewart

Price: $22.95

Publisher: Paperback, 288 pages:

Seller Id: 69


Ninety-nine men entered the cold, dark tunnels of the Consolidation Coal Company’s No. 9 Mine in Farmington, West Virginia, on November 20, 1968. Some were worried about the condition of the mine. It had too much coal dust, too much methane gas. They knew that either one could cause an explosion. What they did not know was that someone had intentionally disabled a safety alarm on one of the mine’s ventilation fans. That was a death sentence for most of the crew. The ... View more info

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Rebel In The Red Jeep: Ken Hechler's Life in West Virginia Politics

By: Carter Taylor Seaton

Price: $32.95

Publisher: Paperback, 428 pages:

Seller Id: 30


The Rebel in the Red Jeep follows the personal and professional experiences of Ken Hechler, the West Virginia politician and activist who died in 2016 at the age of 102. This biography recounts a century of accomplishments, from Hechler’s introduction of innovative teaching methods at major universities, to his work as a speechwriter and researcher for President Harry Truman, and finally to his time representing West Virginia in the United States House of ... View more info

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Truth Be Told: Perspectives on The Great West Virginia Mine War

By: compiled and edited by Wess Harris

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 200 pages:

Seller Id: 5


Truth Be Told follows in the tradition of When Miners March and Dead Ringers in telling the history of West Virginia's miners in boldly uncensored fashion. Truth Be Told offers new documentation of the infamous Esau scrip used by coal companies to force sexual servitude upon women in the New River region coal camps. Similar practices elsewhere are also documented. Truth Be Told expands upon Bonnie Stewart's ground -breaking work o... View more info

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Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster

By: Davitt McAteer

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Paperback, 331 pages:

Seller Id: 72


New paperback edition with an introduction by Robert B. Reich Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster documents the events and conditions that led to the worst industrial accident in the history of the United States. This mining accident claimed hundreds of lives on the morning of December 6, 1907 and McAteer, an expert on mine and workplace health and safety, delves deeply into the economic forces and social-political landscape of the ... View more info

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Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death

By: Dennis Deitz and Carlene Mowery

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Oversized Paperbeck, 285 pages:

Seller Id: 2


Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death is a reprint of a classic title by Dennis Dietz and Carlene Mowery. It tells the story of a cold day in February 1972, when 125 people lost their lives to a 25-foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris running through narrow, 17-mile Buffalo Creek Valley. The wave was released when an impoundment dam-owned by Pittston Coal and used to filter the black waste-water-burst. Buffalo Creek was the worst mining disaster in West Virginia'... View more info

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Goldenseal Book of the West Virginia Mine Wars

By: edited by Ken Sullivan

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 108 pages:

Seller Id: 64


Goldenseal magazine published some of the best articles ever written about the tragedy of the West Virginia mine wars. This book is a compilation of 19 of those articles, traveling from the governor's office in Charleston to the bloodstained steps of the McDowell County Courthouse. Well illustrated with historic photographs. View more info

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Written In Blood: Courage And Corruption In The Appalachian War Of Extraction

By: Edited by Wess Harris

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Paperback, 254 pages:

Seller Id: 67


Written in Blood features the work of Appalachia’s leading scholars and activists making available an accurate, ungilded, and uncensored understanding of our history. Combining new revelations from the past with sketches of a sane path forward, this is a deliberate collection looking at our past, present, and future. Sociologist Wess Harris (When Miners March) further documents the infamous Esau scrip system for women, suggesting an institutionalized pract... View more info

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

By: Editor: David Alan Corbin

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Paperback, 288 pages:

Seller Id: 8


Strikes and union battles occurred throughout American industry during the early part of the twentieth century, but none of these stories compare to the West Virginia Mine Wars of 1912 and 1921. These two workers’ rebellions quickly drew national attention to an area known principally for its “black gold,” the coal that was vital for U.S. factories, power plants, and warships of that age. In 1912, miners struck against the harsh conditions in the work camps o... View more info

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Blair Mountain War: Battle of the Red Necks

By: G. T. Swain

Price: $12.50

Publisher: Paperback, 70 pages:

Seller Id: 77


The bloody mine war depicted in this volume is the most deadly outburst of force in the coalfields since the Civil War, resulting out of the deep resentment of Logan County Sheriff Don Chafin, the Baldwin-Felts mine guards, and the bullheaded attitudes of the company owners at the time. President Warren G. Harding eventually became involved, sending federal troops to the region, including an air squadron from Langley Field. During the fighting, miners and several of Sher... View more info

Image for Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company- And Won

Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company- And Won

By: Gerald Stern

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 282 pages:

Seller Id: 9


One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25-foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history: 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1000 were injured, and over 4000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance ... View more info

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Bloodletting in Appalachia: The Story of West Virginia's Four Major Mine Wars and Other Thrilling Incidents of Its Coal Fields

By: Howard B. Lee

Price: $11.95

Publisher: Paperback, 216 pages:

Seller Id: 74


Former Attorney General Howard B. Lee sets forth the fascinating story of West Virginia's mine wars, and examines the role that coal has played in the state's economic and social history. Lee tells of battles on Paint Creek, armed Baldwin-Felts agents, and violence against the miners. He also tells of the East coast millionaires who bilked West Virginia land owners of their riches, and unscrupulous company agents who recruited unsuspecting southerners and immigrants to s... View more info

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Devil Is Here In These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom

By: James Green

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Paperback, 440 pages:

Seller Id: 66


From before the dawn of the twentieth century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in American history was waged in West Virginia. On one side were powerful corporations and millionaire industrialists who bought political influence and paid for armed guards for their company towns. On the other side were 50,000 mine workers, the nation’s largest labor union, and the legendary “miners’ angel,” Mother Jones. ... View more info

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Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption

By: Laurence Leamer

Price: $18.95

Publisher: Paperback, 433 pages:

Seller Id: 75


A nonfiction legal thriller that traces the fourteen-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history, Don Blankenship, to justice Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provides nearly half of America’s electric power. But wealth and influence weren’t enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purch... View more info

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Coal Towns of West Virginia, Volume 2

By: Mary Legg Stevenson

Price: $23.95

Publisher: Paperback, 265 pages:

Seller Id: 63


Mary Stevenson’s most recent work, chronicles - through photographs - the history of many of West Virginia’s southern coal mining towns. For a time coal was king in West Virginia. Today, most of the mines have closed, and many of the towns are gone. To tell the story of generations of hard working West Virginians - both coal miners and enterprising businessmen - we have mainly fading memories and old photographs. Volume 2 tells the story of Beckley when it was the ... View more info

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Thunder in the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War 1920-21

By: Paperback

Price: $16.95

Publisher: Paperback, 195 pages:

Seller Id: 70


Author Lon Savage's extensive research has given us one of the most complete and compelling histories of the West Virginia mine war of 1920-21. Complete with photographs of such central characters as Sid Hatfield, C. C. Testerman, and Don Chafin, this book tells the story of a clash between workers and industry that continues today. The West Virginia mine war of 1920-21, a major civil insurrection of unusual brutality on both sides, even by the standards of the coa... View more info

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Thunder On The Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets Behind Big Coal

By: Peter Galuszka with Foreword by Denise Giardina

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Paperback, 300 pages:

Seller Id: 68


On April 5, 2010, an explosion ripped through Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine, killing twenty-nine coal miners. This tragedy was the deadliest mine disaster in the United States in forty years—a disaster that never should have happened. These deaths were rooted in the cynical corporate culture of Massey and its notorious former CEO Don Blankenship, and were part of an endless cycle of poverty, exploitation, and environmental abuse that has dominated the Appalac... View more info

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Matewan Before The Massacre: Politics, Coal, and the Roots of Conflict in a West Virginia Mining Community

By: Rebecca J. Bailey

Price: $28.95

Publisher: Paperback, 292 pages:

Seller Id: 76


May 19, 1920 gunshots rang through the streets of Matewan, West Virginia, in an event soon known as the "Matewan Massacre." Most historians of West Virginia and Appalachia see this event as the beginning of a long series of events known as the second mine wars. But was it instead the culmination of an even longer series of events that unfolded in Mingo County, dating back at least to the Civil War? The conflicts in Mingo County that crystallized around the massacre... View more info

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Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America's Largest Labor Uprising

By: Robert Shogan

Price: $16.95

Publisher: Paperback, 271 pages:

Seller Id: 73


The Battle of Blair Mountain covers a profoundly significant but long-neglected slice of American history - the largest uprising on American soil since the Civil War. In 1921, some 10,000 West Virginia coal miners, outraged over years of brutality and lawless exploitation, picked up their Winchesters and marched against their tormentors, the powerful mine owners who ruled their corrupt state. For ten days the miners fought a pitched battle against an opposing le... View more info

Image for King Coal: A Pictorial Heritage of West Virginia Coal Mining

King Coal: A Pictorial Heritage of West Virginia Coal Mining

By: Stan Cohen

Price: $13.95

Publisher: Paperback, 146 pages:

Seller Id: 39


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