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The Wisdom of Old Blair Mountain

King Coal owns our land and our politicians! Instead of wise stewards, their greed leads them to ignore mining safety. Our miners are dying once more. They care nothing for our history, our safety, or our homes. They blast away our mountains, pollute water and air. Our politicians protect coal’s power, even trying to force our nation to allow such crimes. Don’t you remember that all men are created equal? Listen, my friends — Big Coal can no longer destroy our land and endanger our people.

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The King of Logan County

In 1921, the tension between WV miners and the mine owners erupted into an open war. Logan, WV sheriff Don Chafin blocked the United Mine Workers march across Blair Mountain. It was often charged that Chafin wasn’t particular about the tactics he used to control Logan, to keep power for himself, and to keep the UMW out of the county.

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