The Devil Is Here in These Hills
Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom
Green, James R.
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Date Written: 03/02/2015
Year Published: 2015
Pages: 448pp ISBN: 9780802123312)
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX18796
From before the dawn of the 20th century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labour 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 labour 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.