The Great Coalfield War

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It was the most violent and highly significant battle of organized labor in the United States. That lengthy struggle in Ludlow, Colorado, pitted thousands of immigrant miners - largely from Eastern Europe - against absentee company operators who controlled the coal mines of southern Colorado in the early twentieth century. The largest coal company was the Pueblo-based Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, with John D. Rockefeller, Jr., as its chief director. Now in paperback, The Great Coalfield War is the most ...
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Overview

It was the most violent and highly significant battle of organized labor in the United States. That lengthy struggle in Ludlow, Colorado, pitted thousands of immigrant miners - largely from Eastern Europe - against absentee company operators who controlled the coal mines of southern Colorado in the early twentieth century. The largest coal company was the Pueblo-based Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, with John D. Rockefeller, Jr., as its chief director. Now in paperback, The Great Coalfield War is the most complete and carefully documented account of the more-than-year-long strike by the United Mineworkers' Union to gain recognition from stubborn anti-union operators who were joined by political, judicial, media, law enforcement, and other powerful interests in the Colorado industrial establishment. The bravery, hardship, and deaths suffered by the miners and their families moved millions of Americans to unprecedented sympathy for the efforts of organized labor and led President Wilson to order federal troops to restore law and order. Though action shifted to Washington and a congressional investigation, it would take years before Colorado's coal miners gained union protection.
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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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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870813818
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,179,612
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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