Citizens of this Great Republic - politics and the West-Virginia miners, 1900-1922
Fagge, Roger. (1995) Citizens of this Great Republic - politics and the West-Virginia miners, 1900-1922. International Review of Social History, Vol.40 (No.1). pp. 31-50. ISSN 0020-8590Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S002085900011301X
The West Virginia Miners engaged in remarkable inter-ethnic rebellions in the early twentieth century, against the ''feudal'' conditions in the Mountain State's coalfields. This paper challenges the view that these actions were backed by an equally radical and class-conscious language based on Americanism. It shows how due to various barriers, ranging from ethnic differences to electoral interference, political involvement on the part of the miners was sporadic and unsuccessful, and they were unable to form a common, coherent political identity. Instead they articulated a broad and ultimately ambiguous appeal to ''American'' rights and values, which focused on the exceptionalism of West Virginia, and took the interpretation of Americanism to be self-evident.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History > Comparative American Studies
Faculty of Arts > History
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Coal miners -- West Virginia -- History -- 20th century, Coal miners -- Labor Unions -- Political activity -- West Virginia -- History -- 20th century, Identity politics -- West Virginia -- History -- 20th century, West Virginia -- Race relations -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Review of Social History|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Official Date:||April 1995|
|Number of Pages:||20|
|Page Range:||pp. 31-50|
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