15 Jun '11, 10pm
Week-Long Protest Keeps Legacy of the Battle of Blair Mountain Alive (Video)
Week-Long Protest Keeps Legacy of the Battle of Blair Mountain Alive (Video) Saving Blair Mountain from Jay Mallin on Vimeo . Last week, protesters mounted a week-long march on one of the nation's most important (and least known) historical sites: Blair Mountain. Since we're taught to loathe labor unions these days, relatively few have heard the story of one of the greatest civil uprisings in our history . Known as the Battle of Blair Mountain, nearly 15,000 coal miners fought for their right to fair treatment and decent wages. They rose up in the face of powerful coal companies, who had hired strikebreakers and enlisted the aid of paid militias and local police to attempt to quell their efforts to unionize. So it's not exactly surprising that the coal industry has few qualms with blowing up the historic site now ... View the entire comment thread.