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Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Randall Mark MacLowry (Project Director: August 2014 to present)

The Mine Wars

Production of a two-hour documentary on labor unrest in the early West Virginia coal mining industry.

"The Mine Wars" is a two-hour documentary for the PBS history series "American Experience." The film tells the largely overlooked story of America's largest labor uprising, which took place in the mountains of southern West Virginia during a tumultuous period in American history. In Appalachia, the arrival of the coal industry--the primary energy source in the early 20th century--brought native mountaineers, African-American migrants, and European immigrants into a protracted struggle for their rights as working people in a changing American democracy. The film will highlight the years of violence that accompanied the miners' attempts to form a union, culminating in the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, the largest civil insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

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Project fields:
Labor History; U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Media Projects Production

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2015 – 6/30/2016