Miners for Democracy

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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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These interviews focus on the social and cultural changes in the Marrowbone Creek area of southern Pike County (the Elkhorn coal fields) in the 1920s and 1930s, when the largely agrarian economy became an industrial one. The living standards, labor practices, and working conditions that marked...

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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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