Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster (WEST VIRGINIA & APPALACHIA) Davitt McAteer

Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster (WEST VIRGINIA & APPALACHIA) Paperback – April 1, 2014


McAteer skillfully analyzes the tragedy, examining players on the company side from the upper levels of the rich and powerful to the mine supervision and operations level, while giving equal weight and voice to the immigrant groups that provided the vast majority of the victims... It is fortuante that a man of David McAteer's caliber undertook to tell the tragic story."
Charles McCollesterWest Virginia History: A Journal of Regional History
"Monongah is a major scholary work, and another in a series of WVU Press offerings that tells previously untold stories about the people who really built West Virginia, and often suffered in doing so."
Ken WardThe West Virginia Lawyer
"[Monongah] is a compelling, cautionary tale of avarice and corruption, as well as a testament to the ultimate resilience of exploited people."
Shirley Stewart BurnsThe Journal of Southern History
"McAteer's work is undeniably significant and his extensive research is evident."
Joshua StahlmanPennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies

From the Back Cover
New paperback edition with an introduction by Robert B. Reich
Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster documents the events and conditions that led to the worst industrial accident in the history of the United States. This mining accident claimed hundreds of lives on the morning of December 6, 1907 and McAteer, an expert on mine and workplace health and safety, delves deeply into the economic forces and social-political landscape of the mining communities of north central West Virginia to expose the truth behind this tragedy. After nearly thirty years of exhaustive research, McAteer determines that close to 500 men and boys—many of them immigrants—lost their lives that day, leaving hundreds of women widowed and more than one thousand children orphaned. 
The tragedy at Monongah led to a greater awareness of industrial working conditions, and ultimately to the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, which McAteer helped to enact. This new paperback edition includes an introduction by Robert B. Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University


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