American Experience

Race and the West Virginia Mine Wars

Clip: Season 28 Episode 2 | 2m 59s

To meet the growing demand for coal in the early 20th century, West Virginia companies needed more miners. African Americans mixed with European immigrants and native Appalachians in the mines and the coal towns. Coal operators felt that diversity would keep unionization at bay.

Aired: 01/26/16

Rating: NR

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