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On Dark and Bloody Ground: An Oral History of the West Virginia Mine Wars by Anne T. Lawrence

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The heart of this book is about 40 interviews, each just a few pages, done by the author in 1972 when she was a sophomore at Swarthmore College and was hired by Miners for Democracy to write for their publication, The Miner’s Voice.  These forty interviews were selected from about twice as many that she completed. “The publication of On Dark and Bloody Ground is a tremendous addition to the literature on the West Virginia Mine Wars and is long overdue. It is a pleasure to read, and it captures the voices of the coalfields in a way that is unlike any of the other accounts.”  - Lou Martin. Anne T. Lawrence is now professor emerita of management at San Jose State University.

Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2021. 161 pages with a Foreword by Catherine Venable Moore, an Afterword by Cecil E. Roberts, the President of the United Mine Workers, an Index, plus Selected Educational Resources, three maps, and photos. Trade paperback.