The Devil Is Here in These Hills by James Green audiobook

The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom

By James Green
Read by Joel Richards

Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio 9780802123312
11.86 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $19.99

    ISBN: 9781978682719

From before the dawn of the 20th century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in American history was waged in West Virginia. On one side were powerful corporations whose millions bought armed guards and political influence. On the other side were 50,000 mine workers, the nation's largest labor union, and the legendary "miners' angel", Mother Jones. The fight for unionization and civil rights sparked a political crisis verging on civil war that stretched from the creeks and hollows to the courts and the US Senate. In The Devil Is Here in These Hills, celebrated labor historian James Green tells the story of West Virginia and coal like never before. The value of West Virginia's coalfields had been known for decades, and after rail arrived in the 1870s, industrialists pushed fast into the wilderness, digging mines and building company towns where they wielded nearly complete control over everyday life. The state's high-quality coal drove American expansion and industrialization. But for tens of thousands of laborers, including boys as young as 10, mining life showed the bitter irony of the state motto: "mountaineers are always free". Attempts to unionize were met with stiff resistance. Fundamental rights were bent, then broken, and the violence evolved from bloody skirmishes to open armed conflict as an army of miners marched to an explosive showdown. Extensively researched and told in vibrant detail, The Devil Is Here in These Hills is the definitive book on an essential chapter in the history of American freedom.

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Summary

From before the dawn of the 20th century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in American history was waged in West Virginia. On one side were powerful corporations whose millions bought armed guards and political influence. On the other side were 50,000 mine workers, the nation's largest labor union, and the legendary "miners' angel", Mother Jones. The fight for unionization and civil rights sparked a political crisis verging on civil war that stretched from the creeks and hollows to the courts and the US Senate. In The Devil Is Here in These Hills, celebrated labor historian James Green tells the story of West Virginia and coal like never before.

The value of West Virginia's coalfields had been known for decades, and after rail arrived in the 1870s, industrialists pushed fast into the wilderness, digging mines and building company towns where they wielded nearly complete control over everyday life. The state's high-quality coal drove American expansion and industrialization. But for tens of thousands of laborers, including boys as young as 10, mining life showed the bitter irony of the state motto: "mountaineers are always free". Attempts to unionize were met with stiff resistance. Fundamental rights were bent, then broken, and the violence evolved from bloody skirmishes to open armed conflict as an army of miners marched to an explosive showdown. Extensively researched and told in vibrant detail, The Devil Is Here in These Hills is the definitive book on an essential chapter in the history of American freedom.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The story James Green has to tell in The Devil Is Here in These Hills…is among the best and largely forgotten American stories.” New York Times
“An ambitious, vivid account… a refreshingly nuanced and fuller depiction of this class of workers than previously conceived…ambitious in scope [and] fast-moving.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Green provides what could be the best history of events in West Virginia from 1892 to 1933, especially in the coalfields.” -Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
“Green mines the historically dark seams of the sanguinary Mountain State coal wars that raged in the early decades of the twentieth century…Green opens our eyes with his assiduous research and steady storytelling.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English