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The Devil Is Here in These Hills West Virginia s Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom From before the dawn of the th 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 powerf

  • Title: The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom
  • Author: James R. Green
  • ISBN: 9780802123312
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom By James R. Green, From before the dawn of the 20th 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 whose millions bought armed guards and political influence On the other side were 50,000 mine workers, the nation s largest labor union, and the legendary mFrom before the dawn of the 20th 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 whose millions bought armed guards and political influence On the other side were 50,000 mine workers, the nation s largest labor union, and the legendary miners angel, Mother Jones The fight for unionization and civil rights sparked a political crisis verging on civil war that stretched from the creeks and hollows to the courts and the US Senate In The Devil is Here in These Hills, celebrated labor historian James Green tells the story of West Virginia and coal like never before.The value of West Virginia s coalfields had been known for decades, and after rail arrived in the 1870s, industrialists pushed fast into the wilderness, digging mines and building company towns where they wielded nearly complete control over everyday life The state s high quality coal drove American expansion and industrialization, but for tens of thousands of laborers, including boys as young as ten, mining life showed the bitter irony of the state motto, Mountaineers are Always Free Attempts to unionize were met with stiff resistance Fundamental rights were bent, then broken, and the violence evolved from bloody skirmishes to open armed conflict, as an army of miners marched to an explosive showdown Extensively researched and told in vibrant detail, The Devil is Here in These Hills is the definitive book on an essential chapter in the history of American freedom.

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    1. Why were we not told about this in any of our history classes or in any classes in school This was a very prominent piece of history that was ignored to the detriment to our society This was a time, over a century ago, that men and women fought and some gave their lives for , to be recognized as true American citizens in their own country and to have a better life I can see big business getting away with treating their workers like cattle than humans Cattle were treated much better If big corpo [...]

    2. A Must read for anyone who cares about the economic injustice of today and the future of our democracyAs a native West Virginian and co author of West Virginia USA , a bicentennial book published in 1976, I have read dozens of books and countless articles about the coal wars of West Virginia and the courageous lives of the laboring class across America who fought against economic injustice during the most ruthless periods of the American Industrial Revolution.But I have not read any account ful [...]

    3. This book is so important and well written.Green relates West Virginia s coal business to the human history, especially the amazing Mine Wars before and after World War One, that included the Battle of Blair Mountain, a domestic saga not taught in schools.My highest recommendation.

    4. This is a very well written book that tells a story of an important, and often overlooked part of American History I have read several well written books on individual events associated with the labor movement in the West Virginia coal fields They dealt with the events at Matewan and Blair Mountain I have also read a few ponderous tomes written by sociologists This book tells the whole story It is not a dull read at all Although I have reservations about what the union system turned into, it is [...]

    5. Another case where a half star should be tacked on Exhaustive, dogged research by James Green His ability to chronologically lay out the history of WV miners and mine operators complete with the many causes and effects is incredible His writing style is not particularly inspired and some readers may give up on him for that reason, but that s not his game If you needed another reason to doubt the merits of unfettered capitalism look no further.

    6. A chilling account of the long war to unionize the Coal Mines of West Virginia The conditions of the coal miners and their treatment by the mine owners and the gun thugs employed to keep them in their place with the support of the elected officials owned by the mine owners was as brutal as any chapter in American history While the gains made by the unions were real, the miners continue to be exploited by the owners and politicians of our day.

    7. Important and overlooked hiatory.Well researched and documented Author manages to tell a compelling story why staying true to the facts with impeccable references Book documwnta decades of West Virginia coal miner s struggles and shooting wars for safe workplaces, fair wages, personal freedoms and so much .Great read

    8. Phenomenal I didn t want to believe everything I learned in this well written and researched book A must read for anyone trying to make sense of the current political age.

    9. It took me a long time to read this book, but it was worth it I learned a great deal about the West Virginia Coal Mine Wars of the first part of the 20th century I was amazed at the easy way people killed one another, the flagrant abuses by the mine owners and operators and the way the government acted Sometimes they got involved and enacted laws, but generally they just seemed to want things to go smoothly It seems as though until Franklin Delano Roosevelt got involved, nothing changed The coal [...]

    10. interesting portion of americas history not taught in schools and still pertinant as the proud and biggoted attitudes in the big cities of the north that were on display in the newspaper accounts and handling of the coal miners still exsists This arrogance and inability to identify southern and rural customs and values and social boundaries as a seperate and valid culture while forcing acknowledgement and endorsement of and acceptance and often adoption of every other variation on customs as par [...]

    11. This book details the forgotten coal miners of West Virginia and how they had their civil rights violated as they sought for safe and equitable work Those who joined the union were blacklisted and evicted The way in which the coal companies used and abused their workers was atrocious and some were outright murdered The state government often stoked the flames of conflict This book remembered those forgotten men and women who fought for fair working conditions, often risking their lives to do so [...]

    12. This book provided a fantastic overview and explanation of the history of the coal miners and their labor unions in West Virginia It is thoroughly researched and written in an accessible and engaging style I ve read a number of other books which delved deeper into individual events, but nothing which provided such a comprehensive analysis of the events taking place in the coal fields of West Virginia over such a long period of time I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the h [...]

    13. My grandfather was a mining engineer in Logan County during the 1920s He never talked about those times before he died in 1970 This book helps to give me a perspective on what it was like back then although I suspect he may have been on the wrong side of history It also is amazing that mine owner hatred of unions lives on in Don Blankenship in his resistance to honoring the cause so exemplified by Blair Mountain Greed knows no bounds Looking forward to watching the PBS special based on the book

    14. As a transplant to southwest Virginia, I knew little of the history of the coal mines This book is an excellent source in the fight for the rights of miners back when unions served the laborers I never felt that the story strayed It flowed well, following the order of events I rarely got lost from the details, even as someone with little knowledge about mining If you are from West Virginia, are interested in American History, and or politics, this is a great read for you.

    15. A wild story of the beginning of the labor movement in West Virginia I live and work within an hours drive of all the places in which this story takes place, so I m reading about places I know and that does play a big factor in the book The high praise of militant socialism and the evil Republican refrain grew tedious This is not at all a balanced book and I wouldn t recommend it.

    16. A colorful, workman like history of the labor movement in the coal mining camps of West Virginia Beginning in the late 1800s, the excesses of the mining companies were not entirely reigned in until the days of the New Deal s regulatory reforms, which targeted goon squads, low wages and requirements for the miners to use company owned stores.

    17. One of the best books I ever read I also grew up in a Miners town in Germany and always felt great respect for their work This is a story and part of history which the american people will not learn about in school It s a story about common people and their struggle for freedom and democracy Highly recommended book to everyone who is interested in american labor movement history.

    18. Great story about the largely forgotten I think I never knew much about it union miner s war in West Virginia during the 1920 s Food for thought.

    19. Very detailed account about West Virginia s mine wars and the struggle for unionization in southern West Virginia.

    20. This text tells the often forgotten story of West Virginia coal miners struggle for humane treatment and unionization in the late 1800s and early 1900s Really powerful history.

    21. This book is fascinating The fact that there was a full war zone in the coal fields of West Virginiad that history books do not teach it disturbing.

    22. A bit repetitive at times but I knew nothing of the events in this book and definitely learned a lot about this missing history of early labor organizing efforts.

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