The Battle of Blair Mountain

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

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In 1921, some 10,000 West Virginia coal miners- outraged over years of brutality and exploitation- picked up their Winchesters and marched against their tormentors, the powerful mine owners who ruled their corrupt state. For ten days the miners fought a pitched battle against an opposing legion of deputies, state police, and makeshift militia. Only the intervention of a Federal expeditionary force ended this undeclared war. In The Battle of Blair Mountain , Robert Shogan shows this long-neglected slice of American history to be a saga of the conflicting political, economic, and cultural forces that shaped the power structure of twentieth-century America.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 153 x 228 x 18mm | 402g
  • BASIC BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0465077730
  • 9780465077731
  • 721,570

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"A mesmerizing, rarely mentioned piece of labor history, crackingly told." Kirkus (starred review)"
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About Robert Shogan

Robert Shogan has spent more than thirty years covering the political scene in Washington as national political correspondent for Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Government at the centre for Study of American Government of Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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