Mining

Up Molasses Mountain

By Julie Baker

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When union members arrive to organize their West Virginia coal mining town, fourteen-year-old Clarence Henderson, shunned for his cleft lip, and his neighbor Elizabeth Braxton tell about the changes in their own lives and in the lives of everyone in their community.

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Growing Up in Coal Country

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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There were lots of jobs for young boys to do in the dark and dirty coal mines of Pennsylvania, from "breaker boys" to "nippers" and "spraggers." These early photos let you look into the eyes of kids who saw too much too early as they struggled to help feed their families.
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Big Annie of Calumet: A True Story of the Industrial Revolution

By Jerry Stanler

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The copper mines in Michigan were dangerous, and the men who worked there toiled for long hours and made very little money. Annie Clemenc, a miner's wife, marched against these conditions even when the mining company resorted to violence.

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