activist’s daughter bares a shocking piece of America’s history with
fast paced dramatic action set in the 1927 coal fields north of
Pittsburgh during a strike called by John L. Lewis. Miners refuse to
work. Coal and Iron Police seize their property, evict them from their
homes, and impose unconstitutional restrictions—beatings, rape, and
murder! The families are left with nothing. Solidarity is survival.
Finally, the story is told!
During the coal strike
of 1927, the coalfields of western Pennsylvania become a hotbed of
tension and terror. A mine mechanic and World War I hero, Ragman walks
away from his job at the Russellton Mine. He originally wants no part of
the union fight, but is slowly drawn in by his activist brothers.
When a new unit of
special Coal and Iron Police arrives in Russellton to terrorize the town
and end the strike, Ragman scarcely realizes that the commander, Herman
Bucholtz, has his own agenda. Appointed by the governor to break the
strike and evict the miners from their homes, he imposes
unconstitutional restrictions to keep out relief workers and organizers.
Thus begins an
intricate, emotional tangle that leads Ragman and his fellow activists
on an escalating, fanatical path of revenge and self-discovery,
culminating in a life-and-death struggle.
Miner Injustice The
is a heartrending historic novel set during the 1927-1928
strike in the coalfields north of Pittsburgh. Meticulously researched,
the narrative shows the exploitation and abuses committed against
immigrant workers enslaved in the same serfdom they tried to
escape. Through the use of actual news articles, Miner Injustice
illustrates that slave wages kept profits high and stocks soaring.
Because the economy ran on coal, the industrialist controlled government
suppressed information about the maltreatment to maintain status quo. A
federal investigation of the conditions during the strike led to the
draft of the most important labor legislation in history –The National
Industrial Recovery Act and the National Industrial Relations Act
awarded an Editor’s Choice by iUniverse.
Previously published under the title
Bucket of Blood, The Ragman’s War,
the story won honorable mention in the 2004 DYI Book Festival. The
events in Miner Injustice are based on family stories, letters,
and news articles, are a part of the author’s history and heritage.
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