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Re: African American coal miners

Great Site....

I have a couple of books that would be good additions to your book list.

Black Days, Black Dust - The Memories of an African American Coal Miner by Robert Armstead as told to S.L. Gardner.

Armstead remembers his childhood, growing up in a segregated coal camp during the Great Depression, and he recalls his family's efforts to confront the economic challenges while also dealing with the reality of racism. HIs father worked as a horse driver in the mines until machinery put him out of work...Armstead began working in the mines in 1947.

the other is:
Memphis Tennessee Garrison the Remarkable Story of a Black Appalachian Woman Edited by Ancella R. Bickley and Lynda Ann Ewen with historical afterword by Joe W. Trotter.

The daughter of former slaves Memphis moved with her family to McDowell County, WVA at an early age from the Roanoke area of VA..."The coalfields of McDowell County were among the richest in the nation and Garrison grew up surrounded by black workers who were the back bone of WVA's early mining work force." Great Book about Ms. Garrison the history of that area.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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