When Miners March

By: Blizzard, William C.

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New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Pacific Northwest Independent Booksellers! Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 400 p. Audience: General/trade. In the first half of the 20th century, strikes and Union battles, murders and frame-ups, were common in every industrial center in the U.S. But none of these episodes compared in scope to the West Virginia Mine Wars. uprisings of coal miners that defined the Mine Wars of the 1920 s were a direct result of the Draconian rule of the coal companies. climax was the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest open and armed rebellion in U.S. history. Battle, and Union leader Bill Blizzard s quest for justice, was only quelled when the U.S. Army brought guns, poison gas and aerial bombers to stop the 10, 000 bandanna-clad miners who formed the spontaneous Red Neck Army. Over half a century ago, William C. Blizzard wrote the definitive insider s history of the Mine Wars and the resulting trial for treason of his father, the fearless leader of the Red Neck Army. Events dramatized in John Sayles film Matewan, and fictionalized in Denise Giardina s stirring novel Storming Heaven, are here recounted as they occurred. This is a people's history, complete with previously unpublished family photos and documents. If it brawls a little, and brags a little, and is angry more than a little, well, the people in this book were that way.

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Chronicling the West Virginia Mine Wars of the 1920s, this first-hand account of the coal miners' uprisings offers a new perspective onlabor unrest during thistime period. Complete with previously unpublished family photographs and documents, this retelling shares the experiences of Bill Blizzard, the author's father who was the leader of the Red Neck Army. Thetensions between the union and the coal companies that led up to the famous Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest open and armed rebellion in United States history, are described in detail, as are its aftermath and legacy. Addressing labor issues in contemporary times, this historical narrative makes clear the human costs of extracting coal for electricity."

Title: When Miners March

Author Name: Blizzard, William C.

Categories: Activism,

Publisher: PM Press: 2010-07-09

ISBN Number: 1604863005

ISBN Number 13: 9781604863000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: Alibris0016422