Educator Resources For WV Studies West Virginia History

“The Mine Wars” – American Experience – PBS

american experience mine wars

“Go inside the coal miners’ bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century with The Mine Wars. The struggle over the material that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.”


the mine wars wv american experience 2

“At the dawn of the 20th century, coal was the fuel that powered the nation. Yet few Americans thought much about the men who blasted the black rock from underground and hauled it to the surface. The Mine Wars tells the overlooked story of the miners in the mountains of southern West Virginia — native mountaineers, African American migrants, and European immigrants — who came together in a protracted struggle for their rights. . . “

Explore PBS/American Experience’s “The Mine Wars” Website to continue reading – also includes supplemental materials, such as clips, interviews, timelines, transcripts, etc., are available. Several of the video clips have teaching tips.

View “The Mine Wars”

WV_LearningMedia_Header_WV public broadcasting

<<WV Public Broadcasting’s and PBS’ license to stream “The Mine Wars” is renewed periodically, typically for a few months after a broadcast.  When available, it will be on the website below.  It is often offered on YouTube, iTunes and other media sites for a fee.  Many libraries may also have a copy >>

View “The Mine Wars” on WV Public Broadcasting’s Website (1:51:49/2016/PBS)  (see note above)

Resourceful Links