mining

The Speculator Miners last letters

mine rescue squad

The Granite Mountain/Speculator Mine disaster of June 8, 1917 was the most deadly mine disaster in the history of the United States. Nearly two hundred miners died most from asphyxiation. Utah Phillips reads some of the trapped miners letters.

Battle of Blair mountain, 1921, photo gallery

Photographs of the battle of Blair mountain, the largest armed rebellion in the US since the civil war. For five days in late August and early September, 1921 in Logan County, West Virginia, 10,000 striking coal miners battled with armed strikebreakers and federal troops following the killing of miners and their supporters in Welch and Sharples. Faced with the overwhelming firepower of US troops and even the air force, the miners eventually surrendered or returned to their homes.

West Virginia's mine wars, 1920-1921

Miners give up their weapons after the battle of Blair mountain

A short historical account and background of the often violent conflict between workers and employers in West Virginia's mines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, compiled by the West Virginia State Archives.

The 1916 Minnesota miners' strike against U.S. Steel - Robert M. Eleff

An article by Robert M. Eleff detailing a 1916 strike which involved the IWW, in the Iron Range of Minnesota.

The Haywood-Mayer-Pettibone case - Louis Adamic

Charles Moyer, Bill Haywood and George Pettibone in 1907

Louis Adamic's excellent history of the trial and acquittal of three leaders of the Western Federation of Miners, Charles Moyer, Bill Haywood and George Pettibone, for the murder of ex-Idaho state governor Frank Steunenberg in 1906.

Battles in the Telluride mines, 1901-1903 - Louis Adamic

Smuggler-Union mine, Colorado

A short history of the striking workers who took over the mines in Telluride, Colorado, and the illegal methods the state used to eventually defeat them.

The Molly Maguires, 1850-1875 - Louis Adamic

Louis Adamic's history of the Molly Maguires: a secret society of Irish-born mine workers in the US who terrorised the exploitative mine bosses of the time.

Agitation the greatest factor for progress - Mother Jones

An extract from a speech by Mother Jones about the importance of agitation and the uselessness of voting, in combating the abuses of capitalist industry.

King Coal - Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair's first novel about the conditions of miners in America, and documents the strikes of 1914-15 in Colorado. Similar to The Jungle and its exposing of conditions and corruption in the Meat Packing centre of Chicago.

A proletarian note: On the reality of a tragedy in Soma - Hamid Moradei

Erdogan's sadistic comment :"Explosions like this in these mines happen all the time.” after more than 300 lives have been lost in a barbaric way for capitalist production, with Islamist ideology inside the state machinery, shows what the ruling Islamist elite thinks of us, surplus labour. The English of this article is a little hard to understand but we reproduce it as it contains important points. If you can help improve the English please let us know in the comments below.