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Tragedy at Avondale; the causes, consequences, and legacy of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Industry's most deadly mining disaster, September 6, 1869.

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Tragedy at Avondale; the causes, consequences, and legacy of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Industry's most deadly mining disaster, September 6, 1869.

Wolensky, Robert P. and Joseph M. Keating.

Canal History and Technology Press

2008

191 pages

$19.95

Paperback

TN805

When Keating (1937-2006) retired from construction work and truck driving in the early 1990s, he redoubled the time and energy he was spending as a historian and preservationist of the anthracite coal industry, founding the Anthracite Living History Group and the Avondale Disaster Site Preservation Committee. Gradually he convinced Wolensky (sociology, U. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and sociology and history, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) that the conventional version of the disaster was wrong, and to help him find the facts. The topics include accident or arson, labor and regional conflicts, the Welsh-Irish and the Molly Maguires, mine safety and other legacies, and memorializing and reinterpreting. Appended are a glossary, timeline, and ballads and poems.

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