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Between 1880 and 1922, the coal fields of southern West Virginia witnessed two bloody and protracted strikes, the formation of two competing unions, and the largest armed conflict in American labor history—a week-long battle between 20,000 coal miners and 5,000 state police, deputy sheriffs, and mine guards. These events resulted in an untold number of deaths, indictments of over 550 coal miners for insurrection and treason, and four declarations of martial law. Corbin argues that these violent events were collective and militant acts of aggression interconnected and conditioned by decades of oppression. His study goes a long way toward breaking down the old stereotypes of Appalachian and coal mining culture. This second edition contains a new preface and afterword by author David A. Corbin.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Blurbs, Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Chapter 1: "Coal is Our Existence"
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Chapter 2: "What Kind of Animals"
  2. pp. 25-60
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  1. Chapter 3: Class Over Caste
  2. pp. 61-86
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  1. Chapter 4: "Solidarity Forever"
  2. pp. 87-105
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  1. Chapter 5: Conspiracies and Control
  2. pp. 106-145
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  1. Chapter 6: "We Shall Not Be Moved"
  2. pp. 146-175
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  1. Chpater 7: A War for Democracy
  2. pp. 176-194
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  1. Chapter 8: "I'm Gonna Fight for My Union"
  2. pp. 195-235
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  1. Chapter 9: "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave"
  2. pp. 236-252
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  1. Afterword: "So It Is with West Virginia"
  2. pp. 253-270
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  1. Bibliographical Essay on Sources
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-312
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 313-314
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 315-320
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781940425801
Related ISBN
9781940425795
MARC Record
OCLC
925256910
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2015-10-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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