I thought this would be interesting to some who might be interested in history of western US coal. The link from WBUR to listen to it is below . Interesting struggle.
This clipped from the web page:
The Coal War
“Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War.”
by Thomas Andrews
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:00 am
Killing for coal in the Colorado mountains. We’ll look back on union miners, mining bosses, and the Ludlow Massacre of 1914.
Almost a century ago, in the stark Rocky Mountain foothills of Colorado, coal was king, coal miners were armed and restless, and coal barons were ready to kill to keep the fuel coming.
April 20th, 1914, all hell broke loose near Ludlow, Colorado. Open warfare over coal and compensation. The guns came out on all sides. Bullets flew. Fire roared. When it was over, scores had died in the deadliest labor conflict in American history.
A new telling of the Ludlow Massacre traces the conflict to the mansions of the Rockefellers, and deep into the earth. This Hour, On Point: killing for coal.