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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Dec 18, 2021

On June 17, 1922, a tremendous explosion happened at the Thealka mine near Paintsville, Kentucky, killing two miners starting up mine equipment.

This blast was no accident.

Join us today for a story of labor unrest, coalfield violence, and justice, along with a bit of redemption.

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Aug 6, 2021

One hundred years ago this month the largest labor uprising in American history occurred in southern West Virginia when striking coal miners gathered with weapons and headed toward the Appalachian coal fields, intent on unionizing the mines there.

What started with a deadly shootout in Matewan between men hired by the...

Jun 19, 2021

In 1929 there were textile strikes going on across the southeastern U. S., including at the two mills located in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Mack Elliott worked at one of those plants and was involved in union organizing there, which led, literally, to an explosive development.

Today we tell that story.


Mar 13, 2021

New Straitsville, Ohio, was founded as a coal town in the Hocking Valley after the Civil War. Labor unrest happened in the 1880's, leading to the Great Hocking Valley coal strike. During that strike something unthinkable happened, and is still happening today.

On this episode of the podcast we tell that story.

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Mar 16, 2019

In 1892 Homestead, Pennsylvania, was the site of a strike, pitting the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, one of the most powerful unions, against Carnegie Steel, owned by Andrew Carnegie and run by Carnegie and his partner, Henry Clay Frick.  The strike turned into a full fledged riot on July 6.  Today...