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Bartoletti, Susan Campbell, GROWING UP IN COAL COUNTRY. NEW copy. Textbook hardcover. (Houghton Mifflin, 1996). Photographs, 128 pages.


Dublin, Thomas, WHEN THE MINES CLOSED: Stories of Struggles in Hard Times. NEW copy, textbook paperback. (Cornell University Press, 1998). Photographs, 304 pages.


Giarnina, Denise. STORMING HEAVEN: A Novel. . NEW copy, pocket paperback. (NY: Random House, 1987). 293 pages.

~~~ Annadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal, farms, and close-knit families, all destroyed when the coal company came in. It stole everything it hadn't bothered to buy—land deeds, private homes, and ultimately, the souls of its men and women.
~~~ Four people tell this powerful, deeply moving tale: Activist Mayor C.J. Marcum. Fierce, loveless union man Rondal Lloyd. Gutsy nurse Carrie Bishop, who loved Rondal. And lonely, Sicilian immigrant Rose Angelelli, who lost four sons to the deadly mines.
~~~ They all bear witness to nearly forgotten events of history, culminating in the final, tragic Battle of Blair Mountain—when the United States Army greeted 10,000 unemployed pro-union miners with airplanes, bombs, and poison gas. It was the first crucial battle of a war that has yet to be won.


Giesen, Carol, ABOVE THE SLATE: An Appalachian Love Story. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Ashland, KY: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2002). 256 pages.


Pack, Clyde, MUDDY BRANCH: Memories of an Eastern Kentucky Coal Camp. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Ashland, KY: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2002). 256 pages.


Shogan, Robert, THE BATTLE OF BLAIR MOUNTAIN. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Westview Press). 271 pages.
~~~ Shogan depicts the relatively unrecognized but highly dramatic confrontation culminating at Blair Mountain in West Virginia, between unionized mineworkers, mine owners, and the federal government in the largest armed uprising since the Civil War.


Vaughn, James, BANKMULES: The Story of Van Lear, A Kentucky Coal Town. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Ashland, KY: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2003). 256 pages.


Wallace, Anthony FC, ST. CLAIR: A Nineteenth-Century Coal Town's Experience with a Disaster-Prone Industry. Textbook paperback. (Cornell University Press, 1987). 519 pages. (St. Clair is in Pennsylvania).


Williams, Tennessee, CANDLES TO THE SUN: A Play in Ten Scenes. NEW copy, trade paperback. (New Directions, 2004). 128 pages.
~~~ The first full-length play by novice playwright Thomas Lanier Williams to be produced, Candles to the Sun was premiered by The Mummers, a semi-professional and socially aware theatre troupe in St. Louis on March 18, 1937, and received rave reviews in the local press. Set in the Red Hills coal mining section of Alabama and dealing with both the attempts of the miners to unionize and the bleak lives of their families, the play, according to St. Louis Star-Times critic Reed Hynds, is "an earnest and searching examination of a particular social reality set out in human and dramatic terms."


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