The Battle of Blair Mountain, Round Two

lawyers working for the coal companies in the area produced its own list of landowners who objected to the listing—after the deadline for comment had passed....

Listing advocates say that in addition arriving too late, the new list was full of errors—including the names of people who were dead and those who weren't actually the rightful landowners...They accused the coal companies of drumming up the list in order to prevent the site from ... Full Story »

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by Beth Wellington - Nov. 12, 2010

Gives background on the the significance of Blair Mountain and the history of trying to get historic designation and why that's fallen through and the implications if the site is destroyed due to mtr permits. Misses some of the current developments that would have added resonance such as the companies' recent hiring of armed guards and reports that mining has already started. Thus it lacks a sense of urgency for those outside the area who would oppose the lack of designation.

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Michael Shaver
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by Michael Shaver - Nov. 12, 2010

Kate Sheppard has written a wonderful piece about an obscure battle that took place in 1921 at Blair Mountain West Virginia and the current fight to have the site registered as an historic site. This was a face-off between 7500 miners and the coal company guards, hired security forces, and local sheriffs that lasted for five days. I was familiar with the first battle at Matewan, West Virginia but not this one, which was larger and took place approximately one year later. Coal mining in the miners themselves have played a very important part in our history and in the development of labor unions. Taking advantage of strength in numbers and solidarity the unions fought for the rights of the individual workers. Kate story brings ... More »

I enjoyed reading this article, measuring it by my own personal litmus test of "does this make me want to learn more about its subject matter?" I considered it a complete success. History has shown us that in order to advance we must remember where we come from. We fought many battles some of them military, others for civil rights, voting rights, and property rights. We have also fought individual battles between labor and industry whether in the coal mines, meatpacking district, ... More »

But in the months since it was delisted, coal companies like Massey Energy Company and Arch Coal have crept closer to the site. Four landholding companies currently own ... More »

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by Martha Champion - Nov. 12, 2010

I find a story to be good journalism when I want to find out more about the subject and history is my favorite. Labor history is crucial to saving the middle class -we have to know what happen before to help us succeed again

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