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Mine wars and West Virginia,
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This review is from: Thunder in the Mountains: West Virginia Mine War, 1920-21 (Paperback)
I bought this book as I had read the two novels by Denise Giardina. This book is well worth a read if you are interested in the struggle that the Unions had in the USA in the first half of the twentieth centuary.
The book is easy reading and interesting but unless you know the geography of the area will be a bit confused. Probably best to have a detailed map book with you or if you have a GPS phone follow the geography on the sat-nav.
The book bridges a gap between the old and the new in terms of the early twentieth centuary and the development of trade unions and reminds us that exploitation did occur and continues to occur in even the wealthiest of nations. The rich will only get rich by the exploitation of the poor and vulnerable and when the latter rise up in revolt governments will crush them. At least deference to authority is now less and the proletariat are more willing to question the actions of the state. This can only lead to a fairer society and better conditions for workers.
The question yet remains: is it better to have a job with poor pay and exploitation than no job and no food? We still can't answer that one.
Buy the book and have a think.
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