I have received a grant from the Peggy Ramsey Trust to fund a research trip to West Virginia for a play I am developing about the 1921 West Virginia Mine Wars and particularly the Battle Of Blair Mountain.
Wish me luck as I will be spending a week in July in deepest Trump territory!
The Battle of Blair Mountain was the largest labor uprising in United States history and one of the largest, best-organized, and most well-armed uprisings since the American Civil War.
For five days in late August and early September 1921, in Logan County, West Virginia, some 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 mercenaries and strikebreakers, called the Logan Defenders, 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, and the United States Army intervened by presidential order.