Mining is a horrible way to make a living, but for Appalachian families in West Virginia, Tennessee, and Eastern Kentucky, there is no other choice. The men endure the pain and health issues, poor pay, and horror of being deep in the earth to feed their children and keep their families together. And then they thought the union would be on their side to make their lives better. Little did they know. . . . . .
It is so clear what rascals both the management and the unions were. Such selfishness by the warring sides and such suffering by the miners and their families. Just like today, everyone had/ has an agenda.
HARLAN COUNTY, USA is a feature documentary film, which tells the story of the striking coal miners of Eastern Kentucky. Barbara Kopple and her crew spent three years filming within the mining community and 180 families’ bitter struggle to win a contract. Facing dangerous and violent anti-union gun thugs and the brutal murder of one of their own, the striking miners fearlessly face the picket line day in and day out in the hopes of securing a fare wage and a better way of life for their families. The film is a tribute to the working families of America, particularly the women of Harlan County who actively organized and spearheaded efforts to keep the struggle alive.
Watch the full length movie of the universal suffering of the least among us. Click on the link below. Your heart will be touched. This is one of the movies that I have never forgotten since I saw it in the late 80s. It is a powerful cry for justice !
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