King Coal

King Coal

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by Upton Sinclair
     
 

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King Coal is based on the 1914 and 1915 coal strikes and follows Hal Warner, a rich man who wanted a look into commoners' lives. A fellow determined to find the truth for himself about conditions in the mines, runs away from home and adopts the alias "Joe Smith." After being turned away by one coal mine for fear of Hal being a union organizer, he gets a job in another

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King Coal is based on the 1914 and 1915 coal strikes and follows Hal Warner, a rich man who wanted a look into commoners' lives. A fellow determined to find the truth for himself about conditions in the mines, runs away from home and adopts the alias "Joe Smith." After being turned away by one coal mine for fear of Hal being a union organizer, he gets a job in another coal mine operated by the General Fuel Company, or GFC. In the mines he befriends many of the workers, and realizes their misery and exploitation at the hands of the bosses. What he found there was abhorrent -- thus begins the tale of unionization and the advocacy workers' rights. Unionization, however, is easier spoken of than it is accomplished. It was a dangerous task -- for the leaders of the coal mines were hardened men, men who would not stop at petty threats and minor violence.

Upton Sinclair is best known for writing The Jungle -- a novel that exposes the practices of the meat packing industry that lead to governmental investigations and changed food laws in America.

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King Coal (1917) is to the mining world what Sinclair's The Jungle is to the meat-packing industry. Through protagonist Hal Warner, Sinclair reveals the abuses faced by immigrant mine workers.

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ISBN-13:
9781603120371
Publisher:
Alan Rodgers Books
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.68(d)

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King Coal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a truly captivating representation of the hypocrisy and oppression that the early 20th century coal miners encountered. While the plot is not as notable as his earlier work, The Jungle; King Coal is laced with it's own gruesome depiction of the corruption caused by greed and apathetic treatment toward the mine workers. Upton Sinclair devoted his life to exposing the flaws of big industry and I think everyone could benefit from reflecting on his work. I would also recommend Germinal by naturalist, Emile Zola or The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The latter book illustrates the life of a family of sharecroppers during the Dust Bowl while the former concerns the lives of workers in the French mines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do either of you want to be med wolf?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is SO unfortunate! Upton Sinclair is an American institution and this book is a classic that I was most anxious to read... but I will not be able to do so on my Nook. Whatever it says on its brag wall cover page, Google did NOT scan the original book "carefully." It is unreadable. I'm headed to the library to look for a hard copy.....
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It was fast paced and think u for ur input i will think of that next time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looked like a pre schooler wrote it. I dont meant to hurt your feelings. I though the story was a little short and rushed a liitle. But over all it was a good story. I liked the names you picked out for your characters. Espeicialy Skyleaper. Do you mean coalpaw because cole is human name and not a warrior cat name? Please continue because its a great story!