New PDF release: Death Underground: The Centralia and West Frankfort Mine

By Robert E Hartley,David Kenney

ISBN-10: 0809327058

ISBN-13: 9780809327058

ISBN-10: 0809327066

ISBN-13: 9780809327065

      demise Underground: The Centralia and West Frankfort Mine Disasters examines of the main devastating coal mine failures in usa historical past considering that 1928. In southern Illinois cities in simple terms 40 miles aside, explosions killed 111 males on the Centralia No. five mine in 1947 and 119 males on the New Orient No. 2 mine in West Frankfort in 1951. Robert E. Hartley and David Kenney clarify the motives of the injuries, determine who was once responsible, and aspect the emotional influence the failures had at the survivors, their households, and their communities.

Politics on the maximum point of Illinois executive performed a severe function within the stipulations that resulted in the injuries. Hartley and Kenney deal with how security used to be compromised while inspection stories have been broadly neglected by means of kingdom mining officers and mine corporation supervisors. Highlighted is the position of Driscoll Scanlan, a country inspector at Centralia, who warned of an imminent catastrophe yet whose political enemies shifted the blame to him, ruining his profession. Hartley and Kenney additionally aspect the hot Orient No. 2 mine explosion, the makes an attempt at rescue, and the ensuing political spin circulated by way of exertions, administration, and the kingdom forms. They define the research, the following hearings, and the efforts in Congress to legislate higher mine safety.

Hartley and Kenney contain interviews with the survivors, a precis of the investigative documents, and an research of the factors of either mine injuries. They position accountability for the failures on person mine proprietors, exertions unions, and country officers, delivering new interpretations no longer formerly provided within the literature. Augmented by way of twenty-nine illustrations, the amount additionally covers the background, tradition, and ethnic pluralism of coal mining in Illinois and the United States.




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