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Growing Up in Coal Country Paperback – September 27, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
the photos too are wonderful. you get a real sense of how much these kids are both children and yet so remarkably grown up, just from the looks in their eyes.
the stories about them range from terrifically sad (i cried a few times) to heartwarming and sweet. the book doesn't come off as bombast or pure sentiment, but keeps a very journalistic view of these kids & their reality.
i highly recommend it.
This book gives a good picture of the lives, work, struggles, and creation of anthracite miners, not just as an economic or political group, but as people. The touching, knowing, humanizing text, and the great pictures let me see things I had heard people say, but known only from books, or not even from books like "Once a miner, twice a breaker boy."
This is not a children's book, but a book that had a profound impact on this 61 year old academic who has studied the history of coal mining and the UMWA for decades.
You get taken inside the mine, inside the tipple, inside the homes, inside the ball games, inside the lives of these miners and see the strength and struggle of their lives. We are also treated to know of their struggles, especially the great Molly McGuires and Mother Jones, produts of the Pennsylvania anthracite fields.
None of this is over. With energy prices skyrocketing, coal mining is booming especially in the Mountain West states of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. Across the Appalachian Coal fields and the Anthracite region, coal mines and fields that were once not economical to work are being reopened. Get rich now before oil goes down is one of the slogans of the new and old coal barons with mines being opened quickly without regard to the safety of the miners or the destruction of the ecology.Read more ›
We live about an hour away from the Scranton area, and we are planning to visit the coal mines. The students are very excited to visit, and have learned so much already about the region. It is also great for me, as i had 2 great uncles who worked in the PA mines.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
documentary; NOT a story... good stuff, just don't expect a living history....Published 6 months ago by THERESA
THIS WAS A VERY FASCINATING BOOK AND I COULD NOT WAIT TO TURN THE PAGE TO READ MORE. THE ONLY THING I WISH THE AUTHOR WOULD OF DONE WAS TO MAKE THE PICTURES MUCH BIGGER. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rebecca Horst
My dad quit school in third grade to work his way up or down in coal dust. He was the oldest son when his father die at 34; he became the wage earner. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John T. Kovich
My daughter had to read this book for school. She found it informative and enjoyed the pictures. She said that she didn't know how kids had it back then and is glad that she was... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MClark
What a great resource. Concise simple terms. Easy read. Informative , interesting. Shows a whole different side of the coal mining industry including mine hierarchy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Flizzy
Great history from a time of the anthracite mines that will soon BE historyPublished 18 months ago by History Buff
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