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On this date 92 years ago, the Matewan Massacre took place in the small town of Matewan, West Virginia. In January 1920, the United Mine Workers of America had a new president: John L. Lewis. Lewis, who would become one of the most powerful labor leaders in American history, wanted to organize the miners of […]
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On April 20, 1914, members of the Colorado National Guard, along with a strikbreaking militia employed by the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, a corporation owned by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., opened fire on a tent camp of strikers at Ludlow, in the coal country of southern Colorado, north of Trinidad. At least 19 people […]

Could Coal Decline in Appalachia?

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On September 28, 2011
It seems so. Essentially, the easy to reach coal seams are disappearing, creating the necessity for extremely destructive methods like mountaintop removal in order to reach what is left. With increasing outrage over these methods and more environmental regulations, coal’s dominant role in Appalachia could decline. I am a bit skeptical, given the coal industry’s […]
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