The Harlan County Coal Wars 1931-1939
The Harlan County Wars took on its own epic spin on the ongoing fight between labor disputes and the coal operators and owners lasting almost ten years.
The Battle of Blair Mountain: War in the West Virginia Mountains
Tensions were high and the march toward Blair Mountain would soon begin. The Appalachian Mountains would once again be at war.
Matewan Part Three: The OK Corral of the East and Murder
Today we will discuss the most infamous event of the Matewan Conflict that would be forever compared to the OK Corral.
The Matewan Massacre Part Two: Unrest Begins in the Mining Camps
There was a perfect storm brewing for the Matewan Massacre and later the Battle for Blair Mountain.
Matewan Part One: Other Strikes and Wars Break Out Across the Land
As the violence of the Paint-Cabin Creek Strike was ongoing, there were many other outbreaks of violence across the USA. Matewan would lead to Appalachian War
The United States Senate Investigates: Paint-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912 Part Five
U.S. Senator John W. Kern sprang into action with the Senate’s Kern Resolution of May 26, 1913 to investigate the Paint-Cabin Creek Strike.
The New Governor Steps In: Paint-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912 Part Four
West Virginia was now a mess. Could the new Governor of the state make things right again or will it end in disaster?
The Battles Rage: Paint-Cabin Creek Part Three
The first martial law has been lifted and there has been no retaliation on either side so far. Until the battle for Paint-Cabin Creek begins to rage…
The Trouble Begins: Paint-Cabin Creek Strike Part Two
The non-union mine workers of Paint Creek went on strike in an effort to force the Coal Operators into negotiating a pay raise. The trouble now begins
The Strike That Started A War
Paint-Cabin Creek was the place that the strike that started a war began. Part one of the series begins with the conditions that set the stage.