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Killing for Coal

America's Deadliest Labor War

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$21.00 • £15.95 • €19.00

ISBN 9780674046917

Publication: September 2010

Short

408 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

30 halftones, 4 maps

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On a spring morning in 1914, in the stark foothills of southern Colorado, members of the United Mine Workers of America clashed with guards employed by the Rockefeller family, and a state militia beholden to Colorado’s industrial barons. When the dust settled, nineteen men, women, and children among the miners’ families lay dead. The strikers had killed at least thirty men, destroyed six mines, and laid waste to two company towns.

Killing for Coal offers a bold and original perspective on the 1914 Ludlow Massacre and the “Great Coalfield War.” In a sweeping story of transformation that begins in the coal beds and culminates with the deadliest strike in American history, Thomas Andrews illuminates the causes and consequences of the militancy that erupted in colliers’ strikes over the course of nearly half a century. He reveals a complex world shaped by the connected forces of land, labor, corporate industrialization, and workers’ resistance.

Brilliantly conceived and written, this book takes the organic world as its starting point. The resulting elucidation of the coalfield wars goes far beyond traditional labor history. Considering issues of social and environmental justice in the context of an economy dependent on fossil fuel, Andrews makes a powerful case for rethinking the relationships that unite and divide workers, consumers, capitalists, and the natural world.

Awards

  • 2009 Bancroft Prize, Columbia University
  • Honorable Mention, 2009 Norris and Carol Hundley Award, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association
  • 2009 George Perkins Marsh Prize, American Society for Environmental History
  • Finalist, 2009 William P. Clements Prize, Southwest History Category, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University
  • 2009 Colorado Book Award, History Category, Colorado Center for the Book
  • 2009 Caroline Bancroft History Prize, Denver Public Library
  • 2009 Vincent P. DeSantis Prize, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • 2007–2008 Clark Spence Award, Mining History Association
  • Noteworthy Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics, Industrial Relations Section of Princeton Firestone Library
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