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The Devil Is Here in These Hills

The Devil Is Here in These Hills

Author: James Green

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802124658

Category: History

Page: 448

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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 "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.

The Devil Is Here in These Hills

The Devil Is Here in These Hills

Author: James Green

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802192097

Category: History

Page: 448

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“The most comprehensive and comprehendible history of the West Virginia Coal War I’ve ever read” (John Sayles, writer and director of Matewan). On September 1, 1912, the largest, most protracted, and deadliest working class uprising 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 fifty thousand 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 that verged on civil war, stretching from the creeks and hollows of the Appalachians to the US Senate. 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 more than fifty thousand miners finally marched to an explosive showdown. Extensively researched and vividly told, this definitive book about an essential chapter in the history of American freedom, “gives this backwoods struggle between capital and labor the due it deserves. [Green] tells a dark, often despairing story from a century ago that rings true today” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Summary of James Green's The Devil Is Here in These Hills

Summary of James Green's The Devil Is Here in These Hills

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 9798822511637

Category: Political Science

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Virginians had known about the mineral wealth buried beyond the Blue Ridge since the mid-eighteenth century, but it took another century and a half for industrialists to exploit the rich deposits of black gold laced through the mountains of the Allegheny Plateau. #2 When the French and Indian War ended in 1763, hundreds of colonial soldiers who fought for the British poured into the lush valleys beyond the Blue Ridge, taking land that the Cherokee people had occupied for centuries. #3 Moses Keeney, a pioneer who settled in what is now West Virginia, had a few sons who continued to farm, hunt, and cut lumber along Cabin Creek in a place called Eskdale. In the mid-nineteenth century, none of the Keeneys could foresee the changes that would come to their valley or the entire region. #4 The state of West Virginia was built on the coal industry. In the early twentieth century, agents acquired forty-five thousand acres of land in McDowell County using capital invested by partners from London, Philadelphia, and Staunton, Virginia. These capitalists then leased these lands to five mining companies ready to exploit the state’s purest coal deposits.

An Allegheny Triumph of Justice

An Allegheny Triumph of Justice

Author: Kathleen Jackson Costantini

Publisher: 35th Star Publishing

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 185

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Carrie Williams, the African American teacher at the Coketon Colored School in Tucker County, West Virginia, in the 1890s, bravely confronted an attempt to rob black children of their educational rights. In the burgeoning Jim Crow era that legally sanctioned black second-class citizenship, Carrie courageously challenged the all white Tucker County Board of Education when it shortened the school term for African American children. Her battlefield was a courtroom and her champion was John Robert Clifford, the first African American lawyer admitted to the bar in West Virginia. Until recently, the national importance of this landmark litigation has remained obscured, largely due to the earlier U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plessy vs. Ferguson. Carrie Williams’ victory provided a steady ray of hope from atop the Allegheny Mountains during the long fight for equal rights for African Americans. This is Carrie’s story, a true American heroic narrative.

Where Are the Workers?

Where Are the Workers?

Author: Robert Forrant

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252053382

Category: History

Page: 248

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The labor movement in the United States is a bulwark of democracy and a driving force for social and economic equality. Yet its stories remain largely unknown to Americans. Robert Forrant and Mary Anne Trasciatti edit a collection of essays focused on nationwide efforts to propel the history of labor and working people into mainstream narratives of US history. In Part One, the contributors concentrate on ways to collect and interpret worker-oriented history for public consumption. Part Two moves from National Park sites to murals to examine the writing and visual representation of labor history. Together, the essayists explore how place-based labor history initiatives promote understanding of past struggles, create awareness of present challenges, and support efforts to build power, expand democracy, and achieve justice for working people. A wide-ranging blueprint for change, Where Are the Workers? shows how working-class perspectives can expand our historical memory and inform and inspire contemporary activism. Contributors: Jim Beauchesne, Rebekah Bryer, Rebecca Bush, Conor Casey, Rachel Donaldson, Kathleen Flynn, Elijah Gaddis, Susan Grabski, Amanda Kay Gustin, Karen Lane, Rob Linné, Erik Loomis, Tom MacMillan, Lou Martin, Scott McLaughlin, Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, Karen Sieber, and Katrina Windon

The Opinions of William Cobbett

The Opinions of William Cobbett

Author: James Grande

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351884624

Category: History

Page: 224

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Politician, journalist, reformer, convict, social commentator and all-round thorn in the side of the establishment, William Cobbett cut a swathe through late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century British society with his copious and acerbic writings on any and every issue that caught his attention. Both a radical and a conservative, and with strong opinions on any given subject, Cobbett had a talent for controversial and pugnacious writing that echoes down the centuries and still rings fresh today. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Cobbett’s birth in 1763, this book provides a selection of his writings - both published and unpublished - that highlight his talents, obsessions, and concerns. From corruption and Parliamentary reform, poverty and commerce, to patriotism and religion, the selections display Cobbett at his best - sometimes outraged and excoriating, sometimes sympathetic and reasoned - but always honest and witty. Divided into 14 chapters each dealing with a particular theme, the selections are contextualised so as to provide the necessary historical background for any readers who may be unfamiliar with the period. In so doing, the book not only brings to life the dynamic and rumbustious world of Georgian England within which Cobbett moved, but also reveals many uncanny parallels with modern concerns. Whether espousing political reform, promoting rural affairs or decrying a spiralling national debt, many of Cobbett’s opinions seem as relevant today as when they were first written. Certainly modern readers will find much here to educate, amuse and admire.

Rogue Herries

Rogue Herries

Author: Hugh Walpole

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4064066362843

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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"Rogue Herries" by Hugh Walpole. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Hugh Walpole’ s Herries Chronicle – The Complete Collection

Hugh Walpole’ s Herries Chronicle – The Complete Collection

Author: Hugh Walpole

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781528797894

Category: Fiction

Page: 2582

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The dramatic Lake District setting welcomes you to the grand life of the Herries family. Crime and romance mixes with comedy and tragedy as we follow this period drama from the 17th century until the early twentieth century. Grandeur, drama, and violence have always been at the focal point of the Herries family, staring an abusive husband and father, an adventurous son, and an ambitious daughter with a love for the Lake District’s gorgeous scenery and a burning desire for more than the countryside’s charm. Proudly republished by Read & Co. Books, Hugh Walpole’ s Herries Chronicle -The Complete Collection is a must-read family saga for fans of historical novels.