National Affairs: Big Black Mountain

The dark and bloody ground of Kentucky grew darker and bloodier last week. Union warfare erupted in the Big Black Mountain coal mining district. Months of depression had seeded the rocky ridges of Harlan County for industrial trouble. With more than half the mines in the area closed down, organizers of the United Mine Workers of America circulated persistently among the jobless miners, exhorted them to unionize. Strikes followed. As bitterly opposed as ever to unionization were the politically powerful mine operators who hired small armies of deputy sheriffs to protect their property....

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