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Which Side Are You On?: The Harlan County Coal Miners, 1931-39

 
 
 
 
Which Side Are You On?: The Harlan County Coal Miners, 1931-39
Author: John W. Hevener
ISBN 13: 9780252070778
ISBN 10: 252070771
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 2002-02-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $26.00
 
 

"Depression-era Harlan County, Kentucky, was the site of one of the most bitter and protracted labor disputes in American history. The decade-long conflict between miners and the coal operators who adamantly resisted unionization has been immortalized in folksong by Florence Reece and Aunt Molly Jackson, contemplated in prose by Theodore Dreiser and Sherwood Anderson, and long been obscured by popular myths and legends." John W. Hevener separates the fact from the legend in his investigation of Harlan's civil strife. In Which Side Are You On? Hevener attributes the violence - including the deaths of thirteen union miners - to more than just labor conflict, viewing Harlan's troubles as sectional economic conflict stemming from the county's rapid industrialization and social disorganization in the preceding decade.