• Title: The Siege of Blair Mountain
  • Released: 2013-08-28
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 58
The Great Gatsby to the contrary, the so-called Roaring Twenties were not only about loose morality and a devil-may-care display of opulence. In the byways of America, working men and women were seeking labor justice and struggling against the entrenched powers of capitalism. Nowhere was this struggle more poignant and important than in the coalfields of West Virginia.

There in the 1920s the United Mine Workers confronted the coal operators who sought to bust their union. The ensuing conflict, violent and bloody, had much to say about the future of relations between working people and their bosses in America.

Robert Shogan tells the gripping story of the virtual war that came to West Virginia and scared hell out of both the state government and officials in Washington. It’s a story worth repeating in today’s corporate America.


For more than thirty years Robert Shogan covered politics from Washington for Newsweek and for the Los Angeles Times as national political correspondent. He has written fifteen books on national and political affairs, including Harry Truman and the Struggle for Racial Justice; Prelude to Catastrophe: FDR’s Jews and the Menace of Nazism; No Sense of Decency: The Army McCarthy Hearings; and Backlash: The Killing of the New Deal.

Mr. Shogan has been adjunct professor of government at the Center for the Study of American Government of the Johns Hopkins University; professional in residence at the Annenberg School of Communication of the University of Pennsylvania; a Robert R. McCormick fellow at the Hoover Presidential Library; and a fellow at the Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center in New York City.

Among many prizes, he has received the American Political Science Association award for Distinguished Reporting of Public Affairs. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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