To celebrate the DVD reissue of the 1986 film The Mine War on Blackberry Creek, Appalshop is streaming the documentary in its entirety (28 minutes) on the web for free. In 1984, Massey began a push to break the union along the West Virginia and Kentucky border. But union miners refused to give away their high wages, pensions, benefits, and independence without a struggle. Compelled by the blood their ancestors spilled to give them their rights, and in solidarity with South Africans working in slave conditions in Massey mines across the globe, union miners struggled intensely for two and a half years against company goons, amoral scabs, and a state police force which might as well have been on king coal’s payroll.
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Save Appalachia, Social and Political Commentary with tags 1984 strike, Bob Kincaid, coal war, don blankenship, Latoba, Massey Energy, Matewan, Mingo County, Pike County, scabs, south africa, Tug Fork, umw, union busting, War on Blackberry Creek on July 17, 2009 by ezlnwv