The Great Coalfield War

The Great Coalfield War

by George McGovern, Leonard F. Guttridge

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Recounts the background and events of a labor conflict that claimed more the 100 lives in Colorado coal country. The conflict began in 1913, when explosions at two mines killed some 400 workers. The United Mineworkers' Union infiltrated the company towns, and 13,000 striking miners and their families established a tent colony near Ludlow. On Easter in 1914, the tents were set afire, killing many women and children. Includes b&w photos. The author was the Democratic Party candidate in the 1972 presidential election. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"A definitive study of the Ludlow massacre and events leading up to it. This story has much drama and struggle, and it holds some crucial lessons about industrial strife and about how viciously brutal America's capitalists were a couple of generations ago."
Los Angeles Times

"The effect of this work is simply enraging, for the reality that the documentation evokes, both of wickedness and of the suffering that that wickedness caused, is intolerable."
The New Yorker

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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