History of coal mining

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  • Child Labor In The 1800s

    continuous labor, and work in bad air and dangerous conditions. According to Child Labor: An American History, “When performed for ten, eleven, or twelve hours per day, work as a spinner was quite physically and mentally demanding” (Hindman 162). Furthermore, these employees would only earn cents a day, “the factories paid the girls six cents a pound” (Gourley 39). Not only was this work exhausting, but dangerous, Mary Paul describes the dangerous conditions, “Last Thursday one girl fell down and broke her neck, which caused instant death. She was going in or coming out of the mill and slipped down, it being very icy” (The Mill Girls of Lowell). Similarly, a girl named Maria Van Vorst, mentions how she worked in the Excelsior cotton mill, she describes the other girls’ skin as “sickly, sallow paleness”, the employees were always coughing and clearing their throat (Gourley 69). You would think why didn’t…

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  • The Mining Industry In Upton Sinclair's King Coal

    As a book told in the fiction context, King Coal by Upton Sinclair describes the gruesome, harsh reality of working in the coal industry in the 1910 from mining issues such as the hopes of getting a job in the industry of coal in the western states of the United States, the harsh mining conditions, and miners being taken advantage of by their bosses. The book discusses two mining in general locations where all the stories are told by Sinclair himself: Rocky Mountain and Pedro (6). The author 's…

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  • Mary Jones And The American Industrial Revolution

    The American industrial revolution of the 1800s was powered by coal. This newly harnessed energy source is what made the industrial innovations, like the fabrication of steel and iron, of the 1800s possible. In the early days of its mining, 1840, only 7,000 men were mining coal in America, but by 1870 the number of miners increased to 186,000. This increase was only the beginning. In 1900 the number of miners had surged to as many as 677,000. With the increase of workers came the increase of…

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  • Coal Mine: The Sago Mining Disaster

    “I don’t think I’m any different than a school teacher or a doctor we all have a job to do and were trained to do it” (Coal a Love Story). The Sago mining disaster is just one of the numerous mining disasters that were easily preventable. The miners that perished rely on coal for their income and many had no choice but to go into the industry. The world has a love-hate relationship with coal. It is often very “on again off again”. During World War II coal production was at an all-time high.…

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  • Essay On Miner Culture

    Introduction To truly understand the mining industry, one must look at its roots; from ancient times, gold, silver, copper, coal, and other valuable items have been mined. Described as pioneers and often a subset of culture, miners developed a distinctive ethos, which defined them and was passed down from generation to generation. This principle of miner brotherhood dictated acceptable practices including: the labor-intensive day-to-day functions, the risks associated with carving into nature,…

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  • Essay On Women In The Industrial Revolution

    Many of them were Hurriers, people that moved the coal from the face (the area where the coal was cut) to the horse ways (the area of the main passages where horses were used for hauling) ("The Coal Mines Industrial Revolution” 1). When moving the coal to different locations women would haul tubs of coal by rope/chain; the chain would pass underneath the women’s body, in between her legs and connect itself to the women’s waist. Teams of women were also employed to use a windlass to lift coal and…

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  • Night Comes To The Cumberlands Summary

    Harry Caudhill’s Night Comes to the Cumberlands is an important representation of American history of people who took a stand for an issue. In his book, Caudhill writes about his views on the strip mining industries’ effects on mid 20th century Appalachia. Caudhill’s book tells the story of modern Appalachia, specifically the coal mining areas of West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. Caudhill was a lawyer who had stern opinions about the coal industry whose book stood as a voice for the people of…

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  • The Influence Of Climate Change On Politics

    created a divide between liberals and conservatives. Clinton called for an expansion of President Obama’s climate policies as well as a movement toward natural gas as a bridge to renewables, whereas Trump “dismissed” climate change as a Chinese “hoax,” promised to “rescind Mr. Obama’s climate change rules,” “has called for ... fewer environmental regulations,” and garnered large amounts of support from coal miners (Davenport). In this way, the 2016 presidential election and its conclusion were…

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  • The Industrial Revolution: The Impact Of The Industrial Revolution

    changes brought about by the consolidation of land holdings and new efficient techniques reduced the opportunities related to farming” (Wyatt p. 47) Thus, people left rural areas and moved to urban areas in the Industrial Revolution to take advantage of the large amount of employment opportunities that were available to them. For better or worse, the Industrial Revolution changed society forever. For better, the Industrial Revolution increased the amount of goods produced, decreased…

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  • Persuasive Essay On Alabama Water Payment

    Paying for the water bill may not be very expensive, but ask that to an alabamian and they would think the opposite . Many people do not like seeing a bill with a fee of more than one-hundred dollars, but sadly the bill has a higher price to it which means it is true. The water payment has been very expensive this whole year. Many people say it is because of the governor, who desperately needs money to build up new businesses, which is alright, but the truth is that the water has been polluted.…

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