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Coal, Class, and Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia, 1915-32 by Joe William Trotter, Jr.

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The first chapter of this book actually covers the time period, 1880-1914, while the other three chapters stick to the years of the sub-title, between World War I and the Great Depression. 24 tables provide a data-driven picture of the subject, and 29 interviews with people who experienced the changes of this time period assure a human touch to the numbers. The result is a deep perspective based on primary sources.The author, Joe William Trotter, Jr., was in the Carnegie-Mellon History Department.

Urbana: The University of Illinois Press, 1990. 290 pages with photos, an Index, maps, and tables. Trade paperback.