Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

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Soft Coal, Hard Choices
The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

PRICE V. FISHBACK

New York Oxford OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 1992

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • 1 - The Miners' Choices: Voice or Exit 3
  • Notes 10
  • 2 - The Analytical Framework 11
  • Notes 17
  • 3 - The Coal Labor Market, 1890-1930 19
  • Notes 36
  • 4 - Working in a Coal Mine 42
  • Notes 57
  • 5 - Methods of Wage Payment 60
  • Notes 74
  • 6 - Dig Sixteen Tons and What Did You Get? Earnings 79
  • Notes 98
  • 7 - Death's Taken a Mighty Toll for Coal, Coal, Coal 102
  • Notes 126
  • 8 - Did Coal Miners Owe Their Souls to the Company Store"?" 133
  • Notes 147
  • 9 - The Company Town 152
  • Notes 166
  • 10 - Coal Mines as Melting Pots 171
  • Notes 192
  • 11 - What Did Miners Gain from Strikes? 198
  • Notes 216
  • 12 - Conclusions 221
  • Appendix a Calculating Earnings for Workers in Coal Mining and Manufacturing 225
  • Notes 229
  • Appendix B Sources of Data for Panel of Twenty-Three Coal States from 1901 to 1930 234
  • Appendix C Estimating the Relationship Between Wages and Accident Rates 242
  • Notes 247
  • Appendix D a Theoretical Model of Accident Prevention by Miners and Employers 250
  • Notes 254
  • Appendix E Measuring Segregation in Job Hierarchies 256
  • Notes 260
  • Appendix F an Empirical Test of the Influence of Coal Companies on Equalizing Black and White Schools in West Virginia 262
  • Notes 264
  • Appendix G Piece Rate Regressions for West Virginia Counties 266
  • Index 271
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