The Challenge of Interracial Unionism: Alabama Coal Miners, 1878-1921

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Introduction

ONE SUMMER DAY IN 1878, Willis J. Thomas, an African American coal miner and an organizer for the Greenback-Labor Party in the Birmingham district, stopped in the town of Oxmoor to post signs announcing a public meeting where he was scheduled to speak. The notice addressed itself to both black and white voters. As he nailed a copy to the door of the Eureka Iron Company storehouse, Thomas was accosted by a group of men calling themselves "Democrats," who warned him that he was courting trouble and that he had best make himself scarce. Unperturbed, Thomas reached into his vest pocket and produced a piece of paper, perhaps documenting his association with the Greenback-Labor Party

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Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents vii
  • Maps viii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Rise of The Birmingham District 9
  • 2 - The World of The Alabama Coal Miners 31
  • 4 - The United Mine Workers in The Populist Era 89
  • 5 - The United Mine Workers in the Age Of Segregation 125
  • 6 - The United Mine Workers in The World War I Era 157
  • Epilogue 191
  • Notes 195
  • Selected Bibliography 257
  • Index 277
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