By Rebecca J. Bailey
On may possibly 19, 1920, gunshots rang during the streets of Matewan, West Virginia, in an occasion quickly referred to as the “Matewan Massacre.” so much historians of West Virginia and Appalachia see this occasion because the starting of an extended sequence of tribulations often called the second one Mine Wars. yet was once it as an alternative the end result of a fair longer sequence of lawsuits that opened up in Mingo County, relationship again not less than to the Civil warfare? Matewan ahead of the Massacre offers the 1st entire historical past of the realm, starting within the past due eighteenth century carrying on with as much as the bloodbath. It covers the proper fiscal heritage, together with the improvement of the coal mine and the struggles over land possession; hard work historical past, together with early efforts of unionization; transportation background, together with the function of the N&W Railroad; political heritage, together with the position of political factions within the county’s significant communities—Matewan and Williamson; and the effect of the state’s governors and legislatures on Mingo County.
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MATEWAN BEFORE THE MASSACRE: "POLITICS, COAL AND THE ROOTS OF CONFLICT IN A WEST VIRGINIA MINING COMMUNITY" (WEST VIRGINIA & APPALACHIA) by Rebecca J. Bailey