Coal miners

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This project documented the funerary traditions of Harlan and surrounding counties through 15 oral history interviews. These traditions reflect the diverse cultural and ethnic groups that have shaped our contemporary attitudes toward death and dying. The project director and interviewer is the...

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This project documents the lives of immigrant coal miners in eastern Kentucky. In the early twentieth century, people from Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, Russia, and Yugoslavia settled in Hazard, Himlerville (now Beauty), Jackson, Lynch, and other eastern Kentucky towns....

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This project focuses on the Brookside Mine Strike in Harlan County, Kentucky, during 1973-1974. United Mine Workers union members in Harlan County went on strike against Eastover Coal Company, which was owned by Duke Power Company. The complete collection record can be accessed on SPOKEdb, the...

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In the early 1960s, the United Mine Workers Welfare and Retirement Fund canceled medical cards held by union miners who were working for companies that failed to pay their royalty fees to the fund. In a few eastern Kentucky counties, the miners responded by traveling from mine to mine closing...

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This project consists of interviews concerning coal mining mechanization in Appalachia. Subjects include mining equipment, replacement of workers by machines, continuous miners, mining accidents, unions, strikes, unemployment, and trucking. The complete collection record can be accessed on...

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