In celebration of #LaborDay, we’re spotlighting the new NPS article series on the West Virginia Mine Wars and its corresponding Storymap. Historian Dr. Rachel Donaldson of the University of Charleston, South Carolina wrote the articles part of this series as well as the research content for the Storymap, and National Capital Area intern Max Sickler created the design and layout of the article series and the Storymap. This article series focuses on the 1900s coal labor movement in West Virginia. As coal gained industry popularity, West Virginian mine owners refused to let their workers unionize. As a result, West Virginia became the center for intense conflicts as miners fought for basic rights as workers. These conflicts escalated into violent altercations and causalities. Despite the determination of these miners and the risks that they faced, it was not until the passage of labor-friendly New Deal laws, like the National Labor Relations Act, that workers across the United States gained the right to unionize.
To learn more, visit:
the article series introduction here-https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/introduction-to-the-west-virginia-mine-wars.htm
the Storymap here-https://www.nps.gov/GIS/storymaps/Cascade/v1/index.html?appid=c31415e889294c85829c687c49c32728&embed
and NPS's Labor History page here-https://www.nps.gov/subjects/labor/index.htm
an introductory page to the historical narrative of the West Virginia mine wars and their impact on American history.