WOMEN, SONG AND THE LABOR MOVEMENT, PART IV: "WEST VIRGINIA MINING DISASTER"

 

John Steinbeck said, “We learn a great deal about people by listening to their music. Listen to their songs, for into the songs go the anger, fears and frustrations, the hopes and aspirations.”

 

I have created a series of videos that highlight the role of women in the labor movement. Each video portrays an event and includes a song that is related to the event or to the labor movement in general.  

 

The subjects of this video, the fourth in the series, are the 1968 West Virginia mine disaster, a miner’s wife and the song “West Virginia Mine Disaster.” 

 

Charles R. Hale

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6 thoughts on “WOMEN, SONG AND THE LABOR MOVEMENT, PART IV: "WEST VIRGINIA MINING DISASTER"

  1. Jim Rodgers says:

    Haunting and beautiful. Evokes an America we have all come to know and connect with, and then makes it extremely personal. Great work Charles–keep sending us more of America’s soul. Sorely needed.

    • Thanks for that thoughtful comment, Jim. I appreciate you taking the time to view the film. Charles

    • Thanks, Fran. Two more to finish the series. Your words are motivational.
      Charles

  2. Really nice. Haunting melody…very Irish actually…

    • Thanks, Maria. Good point.
      I was really taken with the notion of a man trapped in a mine and his wife imagining what life would be like if her husband is lost. A very universal emotion.

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