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Further Reading

Brophy, John. A Miner's Life. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1964.

John Brophy discusses his life and experience in the coal mines which led to his work in the United Mine Workers of America. Brophy also discusses his conflict with John Lewis who was a very powerful presidential leader of the UMWA.

Hume, Brit. Death and the Mines: Rebellion and Murder in the UMW. New York, New York: Grossman Publishers, 1971.

A history of the events that led to the murder of labor leader Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski and of the work and reform efforts of the UMWA.

Long, Priscilla. Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry. New York, New York: Paragon House, 1989.

This history of the national coal mining industry up to World War I gives special attention to bituminous coal mining in Pennsylvania.

Meyerhuber, Carl I., Jr. Less Than Forever: The Rise and Decline of Union Solidarity in Western Pennsylvania, 1914-1948 . Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 1987.

This study of the efforts of labor unions to organize workers, institute strikes, and bring about reform for coal miners in western Pennsylvania emphasizes the strikes between 1925 to 1928 and reform efforts of the UMWA during the 1920s and early 1930s.

Werstein, Irving. The Great Struggle: Labor in America. New York, New York: Charles Scribner’s, 1965.

The efforts of the workingman to organize unions and fight poor working conditions are explained in this book. Many unions are discussed in this book, including the UMWA.

Web Sites

The Coal and Coke Heritage Center, Penn State, Fayette Campus

This website provides a sampling of the Connellsville area coal and coke industry through the use of oral histories, artifacts, photographs, and other documents that can be found at the Coal and Coke Heritage Center.

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