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wilwheaton:

The Battle of Blair Mountain was one of the largest civil uprisings in United States history and the largest armed rebellion since the American Civil War.[1] For five days in late August and early September 1921, in Logan CountyWest Virginia, some 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 lawmen and strikebreakers, called the Logan Defenders,[2]who were backed by coal mine operators during an attempt by the miners to unionize the southwestern West Virginia coalfields. The battle ended after approximately one million rounds were fired,[3] and the United States Army intervened by presidential order.

I can’t believe I’d never heard about this until today.

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    The history of unionizing is surprisingly violent.
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    Huge shift from Reconstruction when federal troops were used to combat racial discrimination in the South. How quickly...
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    The history of the union movement in the U.S. is violent and bloody, and we should remember that before we vote away the...
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    if you had taken art history, you probably would have heard this story and looked at some great art that accompanies the...
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    If for any reason you take federal Mine Safety and Health Administration training - like say if you’re doing archaeology...
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    I highly recommend following Today In Labor History. They keep abreast of important moments in the history of various...
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    I heard about this last year in Archaeology Magazine, where they talked about being able to retrace the battle by...
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