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

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

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" The Battle of Blair Mountain is historical narrative at its best." ( Christian Science Monitor )

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.

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

"Riveting and well researched." ( Library Journal )

"Concise, dramatic and authoritative." ( Publishers Weekly )