This book remembered those forgotten men and women who fought for fair working conditions, often risking their lives to do This book details the forgotten coal miners of West Virginia and how they had their civil rights violated as they sought for safe and equitable work. I just am furious that the government, who was supposed to protect its citizens, one and all, just closed their eyes to all of the corruption, the greed of big business, and all of the atrocities that all those miners and their families endured. On one side were powerful corporations whose millions bought armed guards and political influence. I rarely got lost from the details, even as someone with little knowledge about mining. They were fighting for decent wages, shorter working days, child labor laws, and eventually for the basic necessities as was written in our countries's constitution.
Why were we not told about this in any of our history classes or in any classes in school? Author manages to tell a compelling story why staying true to the facts with impeccable references. But it in no way resolved the oppression of the coal miners and the poverty of West Virginia. It also is amazing that mine owner hatred of unions lives on in Don Blankenship in his resistance to honoring the cause so exemplified by Blair Mountain. West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom by James Green From before the dawn of the twentieth 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. Some of the most dramatic episodes of this history played out within the volatile social and political context of southern West Virginia. This book helps to give me a perspective on what it was like back then although I suspect he may have been on the wrong side of history.
Whether you are pro-union or anti-union or just want a good history book to read, I highly recommend The Devil in These Hills. In The Devil is Here in These Hills, celebrated labor historian James Green tells the story of West Virginia and coal like never before. Green did an impeccable job with this book. Aside from telling riveting stories of labor battles, Green also dissects how the mine wars are interpreted today. Here are few excerpts to prove my point: Over 100 years ago, U. 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. Both drawn from rural West Virginia families, for the first decades of their careers they believed that the struggle of the coal miners required a break with both capitalist parties.
My grandfather was a mining engineer in Logan County during the 1920s. Once elected or appointed to office, many ambitious workingmen clung to their positions, isolated their critics and assembled political machines to ensure that they would not have to return to the drudgery of wage labor… In most cases, discontented members could be silenced or co-opted, and internal movements for union democracy could often be Red-baited and defeated. Logística de Amazon es un servicio que ofrecemos a los vendedores para permitirles almacenar sus productos en los centros logísticos de Amazon, donde nosotros los empaquetamos y los enviamos a los clientes. Green opens our eyes with his assiduous research and steady storytelling. Readers will also be interested to learn of Fred Moony and Frank Keeney, stalwart organizers for the United Mine Workers. Although I have reservations about what the union system turned into, This is a very well written book that tells a story of an important, and often overlooked part of American History. The thousands upon thousands of hard working miners in West Virginia and their families nearly came to another civil war when the miners went on strikes and tried to start up labor unions.
This book remembered those forgotten men and women who fought for fair working conditions, often risking their lives to do so. Cuando un producto es enviado por Amazon, el vendedor utilizará Logística de Amazon para realizar el envío. Although I have reservations about what the union system turned into, it is easy to see from this book why unions started and why they were necessary to improve the lot of the working man. Finally there were eastern and southern European immigrants, especially Italians and Hungarians. I wonder what the candidate believes workers ought to be paid for their extra work? The It took me a long time to read this book, but it was worth it.
Green aims to tell the story of workingmen rising up after 40 years of wage slavery. In The Devil is Here in These Hills, celebrated labor historian James Green tells the story of West Virginia and coal like never before. 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. I've read a number of other books which delved deeper into individual events, but nothing which provided such a comprehensive analysis of the events taking place in the coal fields of West Virginia over such a long period of time. 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. I live and work within an hours drive of all the places in which this story takes place, so I'm reading about places I know and that does play a big factor in the book. The state government often stoked the flames of conflict.
Thank God for people such as Mother Jones who rallied the miners to keep pushing for labor unions and provided moral support. Just knowing about the citizens of West Virginia who fought and sacrificed so much for all of our rights is very noble and deserve to be recognised for their integral part of our American history. This book tells the whole story. The big corporations kicked entire families out of their homes in the company owned mining towns. Those who joined the union were blacklisted and evicted. I was amazed at the easy way people killed one another, the flagrant abuses by the mine owners and operators and the way the government acted.
As a native West Virginian, I am always interested in the history of my home state, but this part of its history was something of which I had only been vaguely aware, until now. We have comfortable homes and nice beds. On one side were powerful corporations whose millions bought armed guards and political influence. It is a story that needs to be retold today when the working classes from the middle class to the working poor face the same forces of evil in a social, political and economic environment that affects not only those in the heavy industries, but in all fields. This was no mere personal failing. Things not in question are company stores, wages paid in scrip, blacklists, denial of free assembly, police for hire, and a complete disregard for worker safety. Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom Journal of American History Oxford Academic By the onset of the twenty-first century, a growing body of scholarship had deepened our understanding of labor, class, and race relations in the southern Appalachian coalfields.
Another strength of Green's book is his ability to put the labor strife in broader contexts, specifically that of Appalachian culture, and the labor strife prominent in much of the U. It seems as though until Franklin Delano Roosevelt got involved, nothing changed. I grew up in a union family. Though born in Maine my father was from West Virginia. The state's high-quality coal drove American expansion and industrialization. Beginning in the late 1800s, the excesses of the mining companies were not entirely reigned in until the days of the New Deal's regulatory reforms, which targeted goon squads, low wages and requirements for the miners to use company-owned stores. James Green's book is a history, but reads like a novel and keeps you on the edge of your seat even if you already know the general story.