The Battle of Blair Mountain Continues
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
The Battle of Blair Mountain in West Virginia was one of the largest civil uprisings in the United States. For five days in late August and early September 1921, thousands of coal miners squared off against thousands of coal company security men and deputy sheriffs in a fight for union recognition and collective bargaining rights.
The battle raised awareness of the appalling working conditions in the West Virginia coalfields, and the leaders of the march on Blair Mountain went on to become key organizers in the national labor movements of the 1930s.
In 2008 Blair Mountain was nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, a designation which the state of West Virginia is contesting. Today the battlefield site itself is threatened by mountaintop removal mining.
You are invited to learn more about the history and current state of coal production in the United States in a discussion led by Melinda Tuhus at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.
You are invited to learn more
about the history and current state of
coal production in the United States
in a discussion led by Melinda Tuhus
at New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.
New Haven-based journalist Melinda Tuhus traveled to West Virginia in June to report on a march that was being held to support Blair Mountain’s preservation as a national historic site, to protest mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, and to advocate for labor rights and sustainable jobs.
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