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Coal miner: the "lady's man" and "smart guy." Bertha Hill, West Virginia

Coal miner: the "lady's man" and "smart guy. Photo by Marion Post Walcott, Farm Security Administration.

“In addition to isolation and darkness, the [coal] miner sometimes works in mud and water, sometimes stripped to the waist because of the heat, sometimes in suffocating gas and smoke.”  Those words from a 1922 U.S. Department of Labor report told only part of the story.  Coal miners also faced lung disease, explosions, and cave-ins that trapped miners underground, where they often died.

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September "Mother-in-law of unemployed coal miner and his child." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott

Little coal miner back in the day!

Child Labor at the coal mine - turn of the century. Another example of the need for child labor laws.

Marion Post Wolcott Coal miner his wife and two of their children Bertha Hill West Virginia

Coal Miners were part of the west. That is why I chose this photo. Gold was a big opportunity and so was cheap land for immigrants. This caused a race to the west and the main reasons settlers moved there. They didn't earn a lot of money at all. The only luck they had was if they found gold.There was no gold left that was worth anything, only little bit of gold but most days the miners would go home empty handed.Henry parker was one of the early coal miners but everything he got they took…

The Bonanza Race War of 1904 was a race riot/labor war that occurred in the coal-mining city of Bonanza, Sebastian and resulted in the expulsion of.

It's About Time: A Few Portraits of Extreme Poverty - 1930s Children of The Great Depression bjws.blogspot.com

Young oyster shuckers, Port Royal, S. - Child workers before Child Labor Laws. Thank God for child labor laws!

1939: A miner at work with a pick axe at the coal face in the Ashington Coal Companies Colliery at Newcastle upon Tyne.

A miner at work with a pick axe at the coal face in the Ashington Coal Companies Colliery at Newcastle upon Tyne.

families lived in abandoned company stores.

This wife of an unemployed miner worker and two kids. The woman had tuberculosis and syphilis. The family was one of five famous living in an abandoned company store in Marine.

coal miners 1939 | Striking coal miners sitting on the boardwalk, during May 1939 coal ...

Great photographs of Kempton coal miners of Maryland-West Virginia from 1939

Coal Mining, Women Coal Miners, South Wales, Date: 1890

Coal Mining, Women Coal Miners, South Wales, Date: 1890 They look tough!

Coal miner’s son, Kempton, West Virginia; photographed by John Vachon in May 1939. (Eyes of the Great Depression 088)

Coal miner’s son, Kempton, West Virginia; photographed by John Vachon in May Library of Congress image.

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