- Series: Twayne's Oral History Series
- Hardcover: 337 pages
- Publisher: Twayne Pub; First Edition edition (May 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805778349
- ISBN-13: 978-0805778342
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,407,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women in the Mines: Stories of Life and Work (Twayne's Oral History Series) First Edition Edition
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While not everyone will be drawn to every story, I can practically guarantee that if you have any interest in the subject, at least in the years 1914-1994, you'll find something in 'Women in Mines: Stories of Life and Work.' The women here come from a wide range of different regions and a broad spectrum of socio-economic backgrounds. Some are married to miners, others are single moms. Gay and straight. White, African-American, and Navajo. Many are from the coal-rich states in the Appalachian coal fields, but the Deep South (Alabama, for instance) and the western states are represented, as well.
There is insight into the world underground -- including the inherent dangers of the industry, sexual harassment, and the difficult daily tasks of mining -- as well as community attitudes and personal crises (pregnancy, divorce, etc.). Sadly, we even meet one woman who would eventually die in a work-related accident. But the women here are not complaining. These are proud women who've been through tough times and come out with some amazing stories to tell about an industry that many people tend to ignore or take for granted.
I was especially delighted to see that author Marat Moore had been a miner in the same county I hail from, It left me wondering if she knew any of my relatives who worked in the mines there. No matter, I tip my hat to her. And I thank her for a wonderfully insightful book.