April 24th, 2018

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Weekly Book Review

Another Tuesday and another book review from the files of Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers.  (I serve as web-master for the group and thus am the one to post reviews to the site, which also gives me access to be able to post them here.)  Anyway I recently revamped or corrected an error in the alphabetical order of the reviews as they appear on the SASP web-site.  That means that today's review falls where it should, both on the SASP web-site and here.

For the most part, reviews on the SASP web-site are of books by our members or former members, reviewed by our members or former members.  In relatively rare occasions, books may have been reviewed by non-members, and on even rarer occasions, our member(s) may have reviewed a book by a non member.  Such is the case with this week's book review.  Our member and reviewer Bob Weldin was a long time geologist and mining engineer which would explain his interest in the subjects detailed in....
Coal Wars:
Unions, Strikes and Violence in Depression Era Central Washington
By David Bullock

Reviewed by Bob Weldin

        In addition to his documented sources, David Bullock had another authoritative source that most historians will envy.  His mother's family lived through the events depicted in Coal Wars. When his grandfather, a skilled Roslyn coal miner, decided to stay with the United Mine Workers of America he and his family were threatened and called filthy scabs by those in favor of a new labor union––the Western Miners Union of America.       Collapse )
        The six-month saga of the new union's struggle for recognition began with hope and determination, but ended in bitter disappointment and frustration.  The Western Miners Union was abolished and some of their leaders were 'black-balled' from working in the mines.  Not a good position to be in during the great depression, with unemployment at 25 percent.
        The ability of the author to weave in his families stories makes this mining history a highly personal account. As Carlos Schwantes put it––"This is labor history as it should be done."

Pullman, Washington: WSU Press, 2014, 210 pp, illus., notes, bib. paper, $24.95.