LABOR: It'd Better Be Good

LABOR It'd Better Be Good

Along the creek runs, the hollows and slate hills where they take coal from the ground, the hard-bitten and taciturn West Virginians were confused and worried. "That John," said an Irish-born shot-firer in the Kanawha coalfields, "he be the greatest man of the 20th Century, but I be damned if we'uns can figure him out this time ... I think John be a thinkin' o'hisself."

The men sat restively before their weather-seamed shacks, slicing their tobacco thin, and talking. Eight weeks of strike had been too much for the 380,000 United Mine Workers. Almost three months of...

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