Battle of Blair Mountain The Story of America's Largest Labor Uprising

ISBN-10: 0465077730

ISBN-13: 9780465077731

Edition: 2006

Authors: Robert Shogan

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On a Dreary Morning in May of 1920 Seven Men Carrying Winchesters and pistols boarded the Norfolk and Western's No. 29 at Bluefield, West Virginia, bound for the little mining town of Matewan on the Kentucky border. All were hirelings of the Baldwin-Felts detective agency, personally selected by their boss, Tom Felts. Nearly all "have been tried and can be relied on," Tom Felts had written to his brother, Albert, who was already posted in Matewan. Coal was big business, but now it was in big trouble. It was this crisis that called the Baldwin-Felts agents to Matewan. Baldwin-Felts prospered by doing the bidding of the coal companies of West Virginia, serving more or less as their private police force. Tom Felts was sending these men to Matewan, in Mingo County, because there, as in the rest of southern West Virginia, the coal companies, whose output fueled the national economy, and the United Mine Workers of America, the nation's most powerful labor union, were at each other's throats.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Author's Note
Matewan Station
"What Does Labor Want?"
Seeing Red
"A Powder Keg Ready to Blow"
"It's Good to Have Friends"
"War, Insurrection and Riot"
Mr. Hatfield Goes to Washington
"Even the Heavens Weep"
"I Come Creeping"
Requiem for a Rebellion
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