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American Experience: The Mine Wars DVD
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At the beginning of the 20th century, coal was the engine of American industrial progress. Nearly three quarters of a million men across the country spent ten or twelve hours a day underground in coal mines. The Mine Wars brings to life the struggle that turned the coalfields of southern West Virginia into a blood-soaked war zone where basic constitutional rights and freedoms were violently contested.
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PBSAmerican Experience: The Mine Wars DVD
 
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5.0

Grandaughter of WVA CoalMiner

By Cesca

from New York City...

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Mine Wars DVD:

At 80 ..I can more than appreciate the events of the past..My Grandfather from Hungary worked in the mines of Marion County..as did most men of the area, we remember well the Blasts, lost lives, "Black Lung", and the fight for the Union ..3 generations of our family worked in the mines..each generation moving upward ...and Out!! Thank You for the recall of Blair Mountain and the brave people who sacrificed and fought for safety and dignity!!!

(14 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Great Grandfather Frank Keeney was featured

By T

from Altavista, Va

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Mine Wars DVD:

This DVD was very well put together. My great grandfather was Frank Keeney, Bessie was my great grandmother. I really enjoyed learning more about him in this documentary. Thank you for putting this together.

(16 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mine Wars

By Rich & Joanne

from Youngstown, NY

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Mine Wars DVD:

Excellent movie and a deeper appreciation for what those early miners and their families endured.

(23 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Missed Opportunities

By Red Neck Researcher

from Roane Coundy, WV

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Mine Wars DVD:

This film has some wonderful archival mining footage and also offers some well informed talking heads e.g. Feurer, Estepp, Corbin, Giardina. That said, the film is full of sins of both omission and commission.

The role of West Virginia women is glossed over at best and no mention is made of the Esau system under which many suffered. White Knight history is the order of the day with Mother Jones arriving to organize the miners--never mind that we were well on the way to organizing ourselves prior to her arrival. Frank Keeney is glorified as a key to Union victory. While Frank played a role for some years, he was absent from Blair Mountain and would ultimately form a rival organization to the UWMA. His organization would not last. Bill Blizzard is virtually ignored as are his parents(early and long time organizers) and his son, William C. Blizzard, far and away the leading expert on the mine wars. When Mother Jones came to West Virginia, she stayed at Ma Blizzard's place on Cabin Creek. Shocking that PBS would fail to include footage of WCB when a large collection exists--just as it was a shock that Jim Green, writing the book on which this film is based, chose not to interview WCB when he was alive. In fairness, he did send a grad student to ask to use WCB's photos. (request denied as WCB planned to use them in his book)

Public sentiment is largely positive that the film was made at all--folks are thankful to finally get our story "out there". That is not sufficient. Researchers--and PBS film makers--must be held to a higher standard. Get it right. They did not.

(14 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Only one word to describe: EXCELLENT

By Jim

from Orlando, FL

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Mine Wars DVD:

This was a very personal documentary for me. My grandfather was a coal miner in Mercer County in southern West Virginia. Born in 1869 and died in 1931, he was a miner in the timeframe described in this DVD. My was born in 1909 and told me of some of this, but seeing the towns and the way of life for the miners brought this home to me in an amazing way. Very nice job in detailing this piece of our history.

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