9780415935227

In the Kingdom of Coal: An American Family and the Rock That Changed the World

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415935227

  • ISBN10:

    0415935229

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-09-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

It was a time of poverty and enterprise, when poor men slaved in the mines, rich men became barons and America grew from a backward agricultural colony to the industrial force of the modern world. The driving power behind this transformation was coal, the black gold that even today illuminates our cities and runs our personal computers. In The Kingdom of Coaltells the extraordinary story of coal through the eyes of two families--one the magnates, one the miners--over three generations while locked together, for better or worse, in a common quest. At the reigns of power are the Leisenrings, who built a dynasty around coal and whose fortunes intersected with those of Henry Clay Frick, the Carnegies and the other masters of the American industrial revolution. Miles underground are the sons and daughters of the Givens family, who gave their sweat and sometimes their lives to the Leisenrings' Virginia mines. Rich with the struggles of management and labor from two unforgettable families,In TheKingdom of Coalis an American saga of how coal operators made and lost fortunes, coal towns flourished and died, and miners and mine owners battled the earth, the atmosphere and each other in their quest to satisfy the world's appetite for coal.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Message in the Necho Allen Hotel v
Leisenring and Givens Family Trees ix
Chronology xi
Prologue ``There Will Come a Time'' 1(12)
PART I: MAUCH CHUNK
``A Rock That Burns''
13(8)
A Passage from the Mines
21(8)
Holy Trinity
29(8)
Boy Wonder of the Anthracite
37(10)
Souls in Darkness
47(10)
A Road Not Taken
57(10)
PART II: CONNELLSVILLE
The Ambitions of Henry Clay Frick
67(8)
At War in the Coke Fields
75(26)
PART III: BIG STONE GAP
Starting Over
101(14)
The Rise of John L. Lewis
115(20)
Utopia Goes Union
135(30)
Be Careful What You Wish For
165(22)
Prelude to Murder
187(22)
PART IV: TO THE POWDER RIVER
The Age of Uncertainty
209(22)
Riding the Roller Coaster
231(14)
Nowhere to Hide
245(12)
Epilogue A Hyacinth Blooms at Imboden 257(10)
Principal Characters 267(6)
Notes 273(42)
Bibliography 315(4)
Acknowledgments 319(2)
Index 321

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