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Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry Paperback – October 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-1557784650 ISBN-10: 1557784655 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Paragon House; Reprint edition (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557784655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557784650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,205,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Coal mining, which has often violently shaped American history in terms of industrial capitalism, railroads and unions, is analyzed from its 13th-century English origins to the 1913-1914 Colorado miners' strike. According to PW , Long "conveys vividly the perilous, filthy, exhausting work of miners, often in their own words." Photos.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Long presents this book as a multidimensional account of coal mining that is to be taken as a metaphor for the history of the United States up to 1920. In fact, this is a brief history of some aspects of coal mining geology, technology, and labor in the Appalachian coal fields through the 19th century, followed by a disproportionately extended narrative of some of the major coal mine strikes in the Rocky Mountain states from the early 1900s through World War I. Although based on many primary sources and secondary publications, this book falls short of the mark because of an overemphasis on relatively minor themes, less than evenhanded treatment of controversial issues, and choppy, sentimental writing. Not an essential purchase.
- Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Photo by Tony Ober.

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, essays, creative nonfictions, fictions, science, and history. She is a longtime teacher of writing to developing professional writers. She is author of The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (2010). The Midwest Book Review called it "a choice advisory and very highly recommended." Her book of poems, Crossing Over, is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Her blog-column, Science Frictions, appeared for 92 weeks on The American Scholar website. In Science Frictions science rubs up against the rest of life. The complete set of Science Frictions essays are available
here: http://theamericanscholar.org/the-complete-science-frictions/.

"My Brain on My Mind," an abecedarium, appears in the Winter 2010 issue of The American Scholar. "Genome Tome," which also appeared in The American Scholar, received a National Magazine Award for best feature writing.

She is author of Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry (1989). Christopher Hitchens called this "an intense and accomplished social history" (New York Newsday). Barbara Kingsolver called it "One of those rare works that asks and answers important questions about who we are...as a nation and how we got to that point" (Women's Review of Books). Howard Zinn commented, "As a piece of historical investigation, it is superbly done. But it is more than a history of the coal industry; it illuminates the development of the American corporate economy in the late 19th and early 20th century, and gives a rare picture of intense class conflict in a country often presumed to lack that. Her account of the Colorado coal strike is not only impeccably accurate but recaptures the drama and excitement of that astonishing event with rare skill."

Priscilla's essays, short stories, and poems appear widely in literary journals such as The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, Southern Poetry Review, Raven Chronicles, North Dakota Quarterly, The American Scholar, Ontario Review, The Seattle Review, Chattahoochee Review, Passages North, Painted Bride Quarterly, Under The Sun, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Cincinnati Review.

She was a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence in 2012 and a Jack Straw writer in 2009. Her awards also include the Richard Hugo House Founder's Award and awards from the Seattle Arts Commission and the Los Angeles Arts Commission.

She reads her poetry and prose widely, and performed with the Seattle Five Plus One poets during most of the group's existence in the 1990s.

She serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of www.HistoryLink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history.

She graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and has the Master's of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the University of Washington.

She was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Her grandparents on her mother's side were Pennsylvania Dutch. Her paternal grandmother was Scottish, and her paternal grandfather, Walter Long, was descended from the Winslow family, English farmers who migrated to New England in the 1600s.

Walter Long was a reporter for The Philadelpia Bulletin and his grandfather, Stephen Winslow (1826-1907), edited the Philadelphia Commercial List and was known as "the grand old man in the newspaper life of Philadelphia."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paula Becker on November 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Priscilla Long's WHERE THE SUN NEVER SHINES: A HISTORY OF AMERICA'S BLOODY COAL INDUSTRY brings the history of coal mining in this country to vivid life. Long examines both the grim subsistence laced with tragedy which formed coal miners' lives and their visceral struggle toward light and air via labor reform. She shines a particularly clear light on the crucial part the miners' wives played in the struggle for just treatment, and underscores the important, almost mystical role that Mother Jones played in the events recounted. An important treatment of a seldom-recalled chapter in America's history, this highly readable book combines a scholar's research and specificity with a poet's clarity and turn of phrase. Highly recommended.
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