When Miners March

By William C. Blizzard

Chronicling the West Virginia Mine Wars of the Nineteen Twenties, this first-hand account of the coal miners' uprisings deals a brand new viewpoint on labor unrest in the course of this time interval. entire with formerly unpublished relatives pictures and files, this retelling stocks the reviews of invoice snowfall, the author's father who was once the chief of the crimson Neck military. The tensions among the union and the coal businesses that led as much as the well-known conflict of Blair Mountain, the most important open and armed uprising in usa historical past, are defined intimately, as are its aftermath and legacy. Addressing exertions concerns in modern occasions, this old narrative makes transparent the human expenses of extracting coal for electricity.

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We are hoping that you should carry the forces of the government to our counsel in order that a few motion might be taken that could punish these to blame of breaking the legislation of the country and menacing the lives and estate of the voters of Kanawha County, and that the renovation of legislations and order might once again receive. “Respectfully submitted, “HENRY A. WALKER “Sheriff, Kanawha County, “West Virginia. “FRANK C. BURDETTE, “Prosecuting legal professional, “Kanawha County, West Virginia. “S. E. CHILDRESS, “President, County court docket of “Kanawha County, West Virginia. “H. okay. Black. “Judge of the Intermediate court docket, “Kanawha County, West Virginia. ” The final paragraph of the above letter may be reread. it is going to be famous that it sounds the standard cry for “law and order,” which in itself is not any undesirable factor. even if, not anything exists in itself, yet in simple terms relating to the concrete conditions surrounding a given state of affairs. we are hoping that we have got proven that the miners of West Virginia had by means of this time exhausted each attainable street of “law and order” of their appeals to the governor, to the legislature, to county officers and to federal investigators. Such conscientious appeals via ordinary felony channels had introduced the miners a interval of unemployment of greater than a year’s length; that they had obvious their other halves and youngsters shiver with chilly in insufficient clothing; they and their households were disadvantaged of foodstuff throughout the arbitrary motion of army dictator Tom Davis appearing within the identify of Governor Morgan; that they had been crushed, jailed, shot and murdered. Operators actual Culprits Such have been the advantages of the observance of legislation and order, via the coal miners within the country of West Virginia. For coal corporation legislation and coal corporation order weren't made for the good thing about coal miners, and such was once the tough criminal scenario within the Mountain country. We accuse the coal operators of West Virginia of being the genuine violators of legislation and order. For therein lies the reality. Such statutes as these requiring the hiring of checkweighmen and prohibiting the employment of gunmen mine guards have been brazenly and contemptuously flouted. homicide were devoted by means of males employed through the coal operators, and the murderers had long gone unpunished. basic rights of speech and meeting as assured in either nation and federal constitutions were denied the coal miners throughout the establishment of martial legislations through a servile kingdom management. we are hoping that we've got documented the above statements sufficiently to permit of without doubt as to their accuracy. via past due August, 1921, the miners had exhausted each felony technique of redress. They have been now confronted with a decision of 2 choices: the meek popularity of slavery or motion which used to be in violation of coal corporation “law and order. ” The inevitability of the latter direction is apparent to somebody accustomed to the traditions of the miners. earlier than we proceed to keep on with the development of the Union miners who had turn into so incensed over the destiny in their brothers in Mingo and Logan counties they had seized hands to redress their wrongs, we want to speak about different issues.

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