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COAL CAMP By Allan Cannon
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COAL CAMP When two young friends are caught up in the turmoil of changes in the coalfields in the middle of the twentieth century, they take extremely different routes to improving means of... More > extracting coal from the earth—one through mechanization and the other through unionization—and become bitter enemies. But after years of conflicts, getting married and raising children, their friendship is rekindled when they are hopelessly trapped in a mine cave-in. This is the story of coal miners—their lives, loves, hopes, dreams and deaths.< Less
THE COAL DIGGER By Allan Ishmael Young
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When sixteen-year-old coal digger Andy Stewart decides on his first day at work that there must be better and safer ways of knockin’ the black out (a euphemism for extracting more coal from the... More > earth), he sets about learning and developing technology to do so. But his lifelong friend and neighbor, Nick Rakos, takes a different route, through unionization, and they become bitter enemies. Both make marriages of convenience, but learn to love their wives with great passion. Caught up in the turmoil of the changes in the coalfields in the middle of the twentieth century, Andy reaches a high-level management position, while Nick becomes an efficient union organizer. After more than two decades of personal and professional antagonism, they cement their friendship again when they are hopelessly trapped in a mine cave-in. Based on real-life experiences, this is the story of coal camp people, their lives, their fears, their triumphs, their loves, their hates, and, yes, even their deaths.< Less
Black Seam By Jeff Lovett
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Black Seam is a poetic and photographic look at the powerful but transient impact of coal mining on Appalachian America.
Pit Prop By Harry Graham
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Luther Lewis, inflexible and autocratic, bestrides his pits like a colossus. He is feared and hated and grudges go deep. Many pits are closed or on short time and it needs only a spark to create... More > industrial chaos. Tom Morgan, union man, provides the spark, and Dai Crew’s hatred causes the fateful blow to be struck. The resultant calamity is quite unlike the popular conception of a mining disaster and many families become embroiled. Above ground, non-one knows who, if anyone, has survived – and then it becomes known that Lewis himself was one of those below ground at the time of the cave-in. Whilst the task of getting to survivors begins, the disaster provokes all – those safe on the surface and those trapped below – to start a process of soul searching. For some it is a wake-up call - others have no soul to search. Behind every face is a story – and behind many of these faces are ugly secrets that would do better to stay hid.< Less
THE APPALACHIAN TRILOGY By Allan Cannon
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When Andy and his best friend are caught up in the turmoil of changes in the coalfields in the middle of the twentieth century, they take extremely different routes to improving means of extracting... More > coal from the earth—one through mechanization and the other through unionization—and become bitter enemies. Josh loves Ellen, his wonderful little schoolmate with the crossed eyes, and he promises her that they will always be together. He leaves his depressed area, seeking a better life. But he keeps returning to the shadow of the Stoneface landmark. Each time he is drawn back, a more powerful force drives him to leave again. Young Reverend Hawk, an ex-soldier and ex-drunk with a shameful past, finds romance and rancor in the Bible Belt, when he is assigned, against his will, to return to the hometown he dislikes, to take over a problematical church. He is startled to learn that all of his predecessors have died strangely. So he must race against time to unravel all the mysteries before he becomes the next victim.< Less