Labor history relived

Matewan posterThose who have seen the 1987 John Sayles movie Matewan will note that coal companies in Blair Mountain, West Virginia, are trying to destroy a labor history site that is considered “hallowed ground by many folks in the labor movement,” according to Peter Morgan, a Sierra Club attorney.

An Al-Jazeera America news report on 26 August 2014 reported that Morgan and other environmentalists say the site of the “largest US rebellion since Civil War is under threat of coal development.”

On 25 August 2014, a U.S. appeals court ruled in favor of environmental groups like the Sierra Club fighting to protect the site of a historic 1920s labor battle between miners and companies in West Virginia from being destroyed by modern coal-mining operations.

In 1921, Blair Mountain in Logan County, West Virginia, was the site of the largest U.S. rebellion since the Civil War — with an estimated 10,000 impoverished coal miners facing off against a militia commissioned by the West Virginia Stone Mountain Mining Company.

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