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In Coal in Our Veins, Erin Thomas employs historical research, autobiography, and journalism to intertwine the history of coal, her ancestors' lives mining coal, and the societal and environmental impacts of the United States' dependency on coal as an energy source. In the first part of her book, she visits Wales, native ground of British coal mining and of her emigrant ancestors. The Thomases' move to the coal region of Utah—where they witnessed the Winter Quarters and Castle Gate mine explosions, two of the worst mining disasters in American history—and the history of coal development in Utah form the second part. Then Thomas investigates coal mining and communities in West Virginia, near her East Coast home, looking at the Sago Mine collapse and more widespread impacts of mining, including population displacement, mountain top removal, coal dust dispersal, and stream pollution, flooding, and decimation. The book's final part moves from Washington D.C.—and an examination of coal, CO2, and national energy policy—back to Utah, for a tour of a coal mine, and a consideration of the Crandall Canyon mine cave-in, back to Wales and the closing of the oldest operating deep mine in the world and then to a look at energy alternatives, especially wind power, in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-9
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  1. 1. A Miner’s Lamp
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Cymyru
  2. pp. 11-52
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  1. 2. A Welsh Coal Miner
  2. pp. 13-20
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  1. 3. The First Loco to Run on Rails
  2. pp. 21-35
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  1. 4. Two Miners’ Sons
  2. pp. 36-41
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  1. 5. The Paths of Blind Horses
  2. pp. 42-52
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  1. Carbon County
  2. pp. 53-115
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  1. 6. The Rattle of Dead Men’s Skin
  2. pp. 55-68
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  1. 7. Zeph and Maud
  2. pp. 69-73
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  1. 8. The Castle Gate
  2. pp. 74-80
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  1. 9. The Striking Years
  2. pp. 81-88
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  1. 10. Get the Men Out
  2. pp. 89-97
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  1. 11. Leaving Carbon
  2. pp. 98-104
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  1. 12. Ghost Towns
  2. pp. 105-115
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  1. Bridge
  2. pp. 117-129
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  1. 13. A Historical Gap
  2. pp. 119-129
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  1. West Virginia
  2. pp. 131-184
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  1. 14. The Little White Chapel
  2. pp. 133-142
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  1. 15. One Who Escaped
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. 16. A Memorial
  2. pp. 147-155
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  1. 17. Mountains Made Low
  2. pp. 156-163
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  1. 18. String-Town Appalachia
  2. pp. 164-176
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  1. 19. Squatter on a Gold Mine
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. pp. 185-219
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  1. 20. The Energy Future of America
  2. pp. 187-200
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  1. 21. A Drop in the Bucket
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. 22. Yes to Electric Reliability
  2. pp. 207-219
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  1. Coda
  2. p. 221
  1. 23. In the Bowels of the Earth
  2. pp. 223-236
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  1. 24. The Last Deep Coal Mine in Wales
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. 25. The Winds of Change
  2. pp. 245-253
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 255-261
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 262
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 263-274
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874218657
Related ISBN
9780874218633
MARC Record
OCLC
801407283
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-18
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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