Our latest podcast, on the West Virginia mine wars 1902-1922. We speak with Catherine Moore and others from the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, as well as some striking West Virginia teachers about the conflicts, and how they are remembered today.
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This is a short overview of the mine wars: https://libcom.org/history/west-virginias-mine-wars-1920-1921
Find out more about the museum here: https://www.wvminewars.com/
We have some video and photographs from the re-enactment and museum in our Instagram story highlights. Follow us and find them here: https://instagram.com/workingclasshistory
– Mother Jones – you can read her autobiography here: https://libcom.org/library/autobiography-mother-jones
– Matewan (1987 film) – you can purchase it here: https://amzn.to/2JrLxIG
– The battle of Blair mountain: this is a photo gallery of the conflict – https://libcom.org/gallery/battle-blair-mountain-1921-photo-gallery
– West Virginia teachers strikes – this is a short overview of what happened: https://libcom.org/library/no-promises-insurgent-teachers-strike-west-virginia
In the episode we talk about union miners wearing red bandannas around their next as being a potential origin of the term “redneck”.
Although not in widespread use beforehand, the term was used elsewhere in the 1890s. But around the time of the mine wars the term was certainly popularised, and much of its use around this time period was to demonise union and communist workers.
– “redneck (n.),” Online Etymology Dictionary, accessed April 24, 2020, https://www.etymonline.com/word/redneck
– Huber, Patrick. “Red Necks and Red Bandanas: Appalachian Coal Miners and the Coloring of Union Identity, 1912-1936.” Western Folklore 65, no. 1/2 (2006): 195-210. Accessed April 24, 2020. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25474784.
Music used in the episode under Fair Use includes:
– Solidarity forever – Pete Seeger – buy it online here: https://amzn.to/2x63dYE
– Music from the film Matewan, buy the soundtrack here: https://amzn.to/2Jz3XHp
Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: https://tylerkenthill.podbean.com/