West Virginia University Historical Review


This paper examines the impact that the Mine Wars had on women who lived within the mine camps directly affected by labor unrest. While women were usually not the ones on the front lines of the Mine Wars, they still were impacted by and involved with the action. Just like the men of the camps, women were evicted from their homes, brutalized by mine guards, and were forced to change their lives. Assuming that the events of the Mine Wars were perceived in the same way by both men and women would be leaving out a large portion of the narrative. For this reason, in order to understand the full impact of the Mine Wars, the women of the mine camp’s stories have to be looked at separately.



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