The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Forgotten Mine Wars of America

September 04, 2021 Season 3 Episode 27
The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Forgotten Mine Wars of America
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The year is 1921 and a long brewing, ever escalating labor dispute between The Stone Mountain Coal Company and the Miners of Mingo County West Virginia is about to come to a violent conclusion. In  what would later be known as the largest armed conflict since the American Civil War.

Soldiers returning home from the Great War now find themselves immersed in yet another bloody fight. This time they fight a new enemy: their fellow Americans.

Using similar military tactics they learned in the trenches of Europe,  these working class heroes braved machine gun fire, gas attacks and airplane bombs to fight for all  we take for granted today regarding labor laws.

But is fixing the labor inequities problem more complicated than simply mandating business owners pay their employees  a "living wage"?  What does the future of technology and automation hold for the working class?

"Which side are you on, boys?"

You decide.


Battle of Matewan

Battle of Blair Mountain

"Matewan" Trailer

Blair Mountain Centenial

Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining

"...Parents try to sell ya to Paris Hilton"


"If it bleeds we can kill it"

"All the Baldwins are dead?!?!"

The Simpsons Explain Unions

Which Side Are You On?

16 Tons

WV Mine Wars Museum

Esau scrip

Japanese & Mexicans: Agricultural allies & adversaries

Union History

Mother Jones Speech

Great Divergence (wealth inequality)

Wealth disparity

Seattle goes on strike

Pullman Strike

Homestead Strike

Haymarket Square

Knights of Labor / AFL

Bisbee '17


Link Tree

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The Miner's Reality
The Spark
The March to Mingo
The Battle of Blair Mountain