- Series: Appalachian Writing: Working Lives
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Bottom Dog Press; 1 edition (September 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781933964812
- ISBN-13: 978-1933964812
- ASIN: 1933964812
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Voices from the Appalachian Coalfields (Appalachian Writing: Working Lives) 1st Edition
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"As I write this, the death knell of Appalachian coal is being sounded. Not today, not tomorrow, but soon, coal mining will only support a few people in the region. Mike, Ruth, and Doug Yarrow have performed a great service here. In Voices from the Appalachian Coalfields they have with great care and skill preserved the voices and images of the men and women who performed the dangerous work of mining in order to power the nation through the 20th century. Coal miners have received little thanks for their sacrifice. May these voices remind us that the remaining miners deserve support as they face an uncertain future." ~Denise Giardina, author of Storming Heaven and The Unquiet Earth
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Everybody knows it's dangerous....
One of my jobs is to check the fire suppression system,...
You got a little test button. You push it and it rings a bell,
stops the belt, and water is supposed to come out of the
sprays. Sometimes it works; sometimes it don't....
The hoses get leaks in them
and people come and turn them off....
It's a hassle getting somebody to fix them things.
And it will stay fixed for a week....
I enjoy the work, a lot of the people there; we have a good time.
There's a challenge to it.
You are working where no man has been before.
You can see evolution right there in front of you,
this big fossil record of the earth.
It's fascinating. ("Ken," p. 11-13)
Politicians and big business versus social conditions: Has anything changed?