Mary B. La Lone and 18 student researchers interviewed more than sixty people to document life styles of coal miners in the New River Valley, where coal is no longer mined. Miners and their families were dedicated to making a good life together and creating a real sense of community between themselves and those around them, with coal never far from their minds. La Lone provides an ethnographic overview of mining culture and practices.

Appalachian Coal Mining Memories Life in the Coal Mining Fields of Virginia's Ne

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