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Western Maryland Coal Talks: The West Virginia Mine Wars

The Coal Talk Oral History Project includes stories, images, audio, and artifacts from Western Maryland coal communities.

The West Virginia Mine Wars

From 1912 to 1921, thousands of coal miners in the southern coalfields of West Virginia fought violently against coal company operators to secure their right to unionize and abolish the brutal mine guard system. The Mine Wars ended after the treason trials at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

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