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- DescriptionBlack workers have been an important part of the coal-mining industry from colonial times until the decline of the industry in the 1950s, but this part of American labour and industrial history has up to w been mostly unkwn or igred. Lewis provides a comprehensive history of these black coal miners as slaves, as convicts, and as wage labourers, until the final displacement of most by mechanisation. How they fared in southern, rthern, midwestern, and central Appalachian mines is fully, but also often tediously, detailed. Lewis's contention that their treatment can be explained by the orthodox Marxist theory of class conflict is t, however, convincing. Suitable for labour and black history collections.
- Author BiographyRonald L. Lewis, professor of history and associate in the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University, is the author of Coal, Iron, and Slaves: Industrial Slavery in Maryland and Virginia, 1715--1865.
- Author(s)Ronald L. Lewis
- PublisherThe University Press of Kentucky
- Date of Publication01/11/2009
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationLexington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University Press of Kentucky
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight392 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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