Death in the Mines: Disasters and Rescues in the Anthracite by J. Stuart Richards

By J. Stuart Richards

considering the fact that 1870, mining mess ups have claimed the lives of over 30,000 males and boys who toiled underground within the anthracite mines of Pennsylvania. The consistent possibility of fireside, explosion, collapsed rock and lethal gasoline introduced miners head to head with demise each day. occasionally they survived; repeatedly they didn't.

Through unique magazine and newspaper debts, J. Stuart Richards's demise within the Mines revisits Pennsylvania's such a lot infamous mining injuries and rescue makes an attempt from 1869 to 1943. From the hearth at Avondale Colliery that ended in the 1st legislation for law and inspection of mines, to the gasoline explosion at Lytle Mine in Primrose that killed fourteen males, Richards finds a number of features of Pennsylvania's such a lot perilous career. Richards, whose kinfolk has labored within the mines in view that 1870, deals a startling but delicate tribute to an and profession that's frequently ignored and underappreciated

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