Harlan Miners Speak

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-18
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky
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The Dreiser Committee, including writers Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, and Sherwood Anderson, investigated the desperate situation of striking Kentucky miners in November 1931. When the Communist-led National Miners Union competed against the more conservative United Mine Workers of America for greater union membership, class resentment turned to warfare. Harlan Miners Speak, originally published in 1932, is an invaluable record that illustrates the living and working conditions of the miners during the 1930s. This edition of Harlan Miners Speak, with a new introduction by noted historian John C. Hennen, offers readers an in-depth look at a pivotal crisis in the complex history of this controversial form of energy production.

Table of Contents

Aunt Molly Jackson's Bluesp. v
A Statement of the Purposes of the National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisonersp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Bloody Groundp. 17
Class War in Kentuckyp. 20
Organizing a Union in Kentuckyp. 38
Who Owns the Mines?p. 50
The Lawlessness of the Law in Kentuckyp. 59
Dynamite and Harlan County Jailp. 69
Harlan County and the Pressp. 75
Representing the Pressp. 80
Living Conditions in the Coal Fieldsp. 83
The Miners Speak for Themselvesp. 91
The Writer's Committee
Affidavits of Jim Grace and Debs Moreland
Arrival in Pineville and Testimony Taken in Pineville
Harlan Town and Testimony Taken in Harlan
Further Testimony in Harlan
What the Law Had to Sayp. 229
The Free Speech Speakin'sp. 277
I Want to be Countedp. 298
A Hearing in Washingtonp. 313
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