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Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America by Mark A. Bradley

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It is true that Yablonski was from Clarksville, Pennsylvania, but the men who murdered him and his family were from Campbell County, Tennessee, in United Mine Workers (UMW) District 19, and those who carried on his reformist cause in the UMW were West Virginians from UMW District 17 led by Arnold Miller. They had learned activism from their successful effort to obtain compensation for Black Lung Disease from national legislation in 1972. "One of the most shocking episodes in organized labor’s blood-soaked history.... Bradley reconstructs the crime and the coalfield uprising it inspired in his meticulously researched book."- Steve Halvonik. "Masterful.... An absorbing narrative of pride, greed, arrogance, and retribution that will find a place in history and true crime collections."- Library Journal, starred review. "An absorbing, brilliant account of one of the most tragic murder stories in modern labor history, Blood Runs Coal judiciously uncovers the hidden layers of a brutal crime in the last moments of the tumultuous decade of the 1960s, and recovers the legacy of the heroic movement for democracy in the coal fields that remains an urgent, powerful, and hopeful cautionary tale for today."- Jeff Biggers. The author has been a U. S. Department of Justice lawyer, and CIA agent, and now works for the National Archives.

New York: W. W. Norton, 2020. 333 pages with an Index, Notes, A Note on Sources, and photos. Hardback in dust jacket.