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On October 12, 1898, a racialized battle over strikebreaking broke out in the southern Illinois coal mining town of Virden, Illinois. The so-called Battle of Virden demonstrates the ways that employers could so easily manipulate racism and racial division to promote their own interests and how white workers were more than happy to take that […]
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On April 18, 1912, coal miners along Paint Creek and Cabin Creek in West Virginia went on strike to protest the terrible conditions of their lives. This event served as the beginning of the West Virginia Mine Wars that dominated the state over the next year. The isolation and geography of West Virginia allowed coal […]

The Wages of Coal

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On December 9, 2018

West Virginia definitely needs to double down on coal: Each morning Tina Coleman turns her faucet, she waits to see what color the water will be when, or if, it flows out. Some days it’s blue or gre

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On November 21, 1927, Colorado state police massacred six striking coal miners at the Columbine Mine in Serene, in what was just one of so many instances in American history of government using police forces as the private strikebreaking army of employers. Colorado miners, both in coal and hard-rock, had helped define American labor history […]

The Wages of Coal

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On November 9, 2018

Oh coal, you never have any downsides. A federal jury on Wednesday ruled a global contractor tasked with keeping disaster clean-up workers safe instead endangered them – some fatally. A jury in U.S.

MAGA!

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On September 19, 2018

Trump is definitely the savior for coal miners. Two days before his term ended, a member of the independent federal commission overseeing mine safety accused the Trump administration of an “unla

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Now that Trump has informed us that Hurricane Florence is going to be big and wet, I think we are all pretty confident that this administration is well-prepared for what is happening. After a year of sabbatical and writing and researching and everything that one dreams of in having a year off, I have entered […]

Drain That Swamp!

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On April 8, 2018

I know I am glad the Trump administration is cleaning up the incredibly corrupt Washington of the Obama years! On March 29, 2017, Robert Murray, the founder and owner of one of the country’s largest

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