"Through stories and songs of the past, Rich Pawling as Frank Kehoe tells of the lifestyle of a miner, home in the 'patch', the company store, the progression from breaker boy to eventually 'miner with papers', the Mollie Maguires, the Lattimer Massacre, the United Mine Workers, and the Strike of 1902." -- on container.
A feature documentary about the last twelve independent coal miners in the United States and reveals the crushing injustices they face as the desperately cling to a familiar way of life while fighting off threats from unfamiliar enemies.
Documentary film looking at the Knox Mine disaster of Jan. 22, 1959. Includes original press footage of the rescue operations and subsequent hearings, as well as more recent interviews with disaster survivors.
A documentary that recounts the epic human rights conflict between immigrant anthracite coal miners, turn-of-the-century industrialists and the United States government. The film blends dramatic re-enactments with archival film footage and photographs to show how America's ascendency as the world's pre-eminent superpower was fueled by the extraordinary social and industrial impact of anthracite coal mining in northeastern Pennsylvania.
In 1962, a trash fire ignited a seam of anthracite coal beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania, a town of over 3,000 people. By the mid-1980s, giant plumes of smoke and deadly carbon monoxide gases billowed from fissures in the ground. Today, 11 die-hards remain.