Memory of a Miner: A True-Life Story from Harlan County’s Heyday

Growth Resources - It is a visitation into the life of a man full or courage, strength and wit who only knew one way to live – all in. Finally i spent several more years doing research in order to build out the context of the story. And thus the journey began. Dad had this captivating knack for telling stories, and his favorite pastime happened to be talking about his mining years, so I was well supplied with the material I needed to put this oral history to paper.

Students of southern appalachian history will appreciate not only the accuracy of the chronicle but also the personal perspective Memory of a Miner affords. I then visited places of relevance in Harlan County, speaking with others who also experienced that volatile time firsthand. It’s a cool, foggy morning in early April 1941.

Memory of a Miner: A True-Life Story from Harlan County's Heyday - The place was a killing field… and the old miner was right in the thick of it. But this morning’s different, and it doesn’t take long to find that out. Finally, readers who fancy stories about salt-of-the-earth folk who fight for what they believe in…and win…will love the way this book fleshes out the robust day-to-day life of real people who knew how to work hard and play hard.

Anyone who enjoys a good story will be delighted to discover hilarious, one-of-a-kind real-life adventures recreated by this world-class storyteller. Memory of a miner” is the true account of one man’s journey as an old-school miner in the southern Appalachian coal mining region of Harlan County, Kentucky, between 1931 and 1959 – the same period that “bloody Harlan” gained its reputation as the battleground for some of the most insidious conflicts over worker’s rights this country has ever known.

And because of what he soon discovers, he describes it as the saddest day of his life.





They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History Oxford Oral History Series

Oxford University Press - Alessandro portelli draws on 25 years of original interviews to take readers into the mines and inside the lives of those who work, falling rock, suffer, and often die in them--from black lung, suffocation, or simply from work that can be literally backbreaking. Portelli uncovers the whole history and memory of the United States in this one symbolic place, technological change, environmental and social crises, slavery, industrialization, strip mining, migration, immigration, labor conflict, civil war, through settlement, and resistance.

It has also produced a rich tradition of protest songs and a wealth of fascinating culture and custom that has remained largely undiscovered by outsiders, until now. They say in harlan county is not a book about coal miners so much as a dialogue in which more than 150 Harlan County women and men tell the story of their region, from pioneer times through the dramatic strikes of the 1930s and '70s, up to the present.

And as hot-button issues like mountain-top removal and the use of "clean coal" continue to hit the news, the history of Harlan County--especially as seen through the eyes of those who lived it--is becoming increasingly important. With rare emotional immediacy, and unforgettable characters, They Say in Harlan County tells the real story of a culture, the resilience of its people, gripping narratives, and the human costs of coal mining.

They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History Oxford Oral History Series - The book is structured as a vivid montage of all these voices--stoic, defiant--skillfully interwoven with documents from archives, grief-stricken, outraged, literary works, newspapers, and the author's own participating and critical voice. Made famous in the 1976 documentary harlan county USA, this pocket of Appalachian coal country has been home to generations of miners--and to some of the most bitter labor battles of the 20th century.





Growing Up Hard in Harlan County

University Press of Kentucky - Red" jones's classic memoir of growing up in rural eastern Kentucky during the Depression is a story of courage, persistence, and eventual triumph. G. C. His priceless and detailed recollections of hardscrabble farming, of the impact of Prohibition on an individualistic people, of the community-destroying mine wars of "Bloody Harlan, " and of the drastic dislocations brought by World War II are essential to understanding this seminal era in Appalachian history.

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In the Sweet By and By: Surviving in the coal fields of the Appalachian Mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - Emily’s husband was a coal miner and died at the age of 56 from Black Lung and mother remarried. Her heart was broken when her youngest daughter, Carol, was murdered at the hands of a foster child. Emily was from a family of sixteen children and it is a poignant story of three generations of three pioneer women and how they survived the hardships of Harlan during the prohibition days.

Her mother was part Indian and had beautiful olive skin with shiny long black hair. In the sweet by and by was always sung at every funeral and there were many in the Howard family. Www. Booksbyjoyceosbornwilson. Com used book in Good Condition. Her father served as Magistrate of Harlan County for twenty-nine years.

In the Sweet By and By: Surviving in the coal fields of the Appalachian Mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky - Emily was only 2 ½ lbs when she was born, but she grew into a very strong, 4’ 11” and stood up to the toughest. Her favorite brother, Woodrow, was killed by a black man that he had befriended many times. Many died from black Lung due to not having protection from the coal dust. Her life was filled with much love, and also much sorrow.

Emily was my mother and this story is about her, and how she crawled out the back window to elope with her true love. From this old notebook I tell her tender, loving story.