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- DescriptionOne morning in 1943, close to eighty men descended into the Smith coal mine in Bearcreek, Montana. Only three came out alive. Goodbye wifes and daughters ... wrote two of the miners as they died. The story of that tragic day and its aftermath unfolds in this book through the eyes of those wives and daughters-women who lost their husbands, fathers, and sons, livelihoods, neighbors, and homes, yet managed to fight back and persevere. Susan Kushner Resnick has uncovered the story behind all those losses. She chronicles the missteps and questionable ethics of the mine's managers, who blamed their disregard for safety on the exigencies of World War II; the efforts of an earnest federal mine inspector and the mine union's president (later a torious murderer), who tried in vain to make the mine safer; the heroism of the men who battled for nine days to rescue the trapped miners; and the effect the disaster had on the entire mining industry. Resnick illuminates a particular historical tragedy with all its human ramifications while also reminding us that such tragedies caused by corporate greed and indifference are with us to this day.
- Author BiographySusan Kushner Resnick is the author of Sleepless Days: One Woman's Journey through Postpartum Depression. She has been a journalist for twenty-five years; her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine, salon.com, Parents Magazine, and Utne Reader.
- Author(s)Susan Kushner Resnick
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2010
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note16 photographs
- Weight472 g
- Width3556 mm
- Height5487 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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