Keeping Memory Alive: The Mine Wars in US and UK

By:
Dr Ray Hutchison,
Greg Boozell,
Rosemary Feurer,
Prof Earl Hutchison,
Lynn Smith
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This interdisciplinary colloquium will be presented in the arts and collective memory section of the conference. The session will combine literature, film and drama on coal miners, strikers and subsequent violence and labor struggles. Participants will include scholars, film-makers, and dramatists from the United States and United Kingdom.

Earl Hutchison (English, Tennessee Technological University) is author of Growing Up on the Illinois Prairie During the Great Depression and the Coal Mine Wars. He will read from the chapter titled "The Day the Reds Came to Virden" and describe the creativity involved in plumbing the deep well of personal memory.

Greg Boozell (author and film maker, Invisible Hand: The Deindustrialization of Southern Illinois) is completing a film about the coal-mining war that ensued when Illinois miners formed the Progressive Miners of America in 1932. The film documents the collusion of the UMWA, Peabody Coal and local and federal government agencies to defeat the Progressives. Material from the film will be presented and discussed.

Lynn Smith (Work-in Productions, Scotland) has worked with the Royal Scottish Academy and is author of a play about the coal miners strike (and currently is completing the script for a movie about the work-in by shipyard laborers. She will present readings/short rehearsed excerpts/scenes from this work. Jimmy Reid, the union convenor during the shipyard dispute, is expected to participate.

Rosemary Feurer (History, Northern Illinois University) is a labor historian and author of documentary website titled “Remember Virden” about Illinois coalminers and their struggle for human rights (www.remembervirden.niu.edu). Mother Jones, the famous labor activist, asked to be buried alongside the Virden Martyrs. A trailer from the website and other materials will be viewed and discussed at the session.

Ray Hutchison (Urban and Regional Studies, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay) is the organizer of this colloquium, and will serve as convenor at the session. He also will discuss the importance of keeping memory alive of these and other labor struggles given the lack of attention to these and other events in recent scholarship and political debate.


Keywords: Coal mine wars, Labor struggles, Biography, Documentary film, Theater
Stream: Arts Agendas
Presentation Type: 90 minute Colloquium in English
Paper: A paper has not yet been submitted.


Dr Ray Hutchison

Professor and Chair, Urban and Regional Studies, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
USA

Ray Hutchison is professor and chair of Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He grew up in Nashville and completed graduate study in sociology at the University of Chicago. He is co-author of The New Urban Sociology (Perseus), series editor of Research in Urban Sociology (Elsevier), and senior editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (SAGE).

Greg Boozell

University of Wisconsin
USA

Greg Boozell (author and film maker, Invisible Hand: The Deindustrialization of Southern Illinois) is completing a film about thecoal-mining war that ensued when Illinois miners formed the Progressive Miners of America in 1932. The film documents the collusion of the UMWA, Peabody Coal and local and federal government agencies to defeat the Progressives. Material from the film will be presented and
discussed.

Rosemary Feurer

History Department, Northern Illinois University
USA

Rosemary Feurer (History, Northern Illinois University) is a labor historian and author of documentary website titled "Remember Virden" about Illinois coalminers and their struggle for human rights (www.remembervirden.niu.edu). Mother Jones, the famous labor activist, asked to be buried alongside the Virden Martyrs. A trailer from the website and other materials will be viewed and discussed at the session.

Prof Earl Hutchison

Department of English, Tennessee Technological University
USA

Earl Hutchison (English, Tennessee Technological University) is author of Growing Up on the Illinois Prairie During the Great Depression and the Coal Mine Wars. He will read from the chapter titled "The Day the
Reds Came to Virden" and describe the creativity involved in plumbing the deep well of personal memory.

Lynn Smith

Work-in Productions
UK

Lynn Smith (Work-in Productions, Scotland) has worked with the Royal Scottish Academy and is author of a play about the coal miners strike (and currently is completing the script for a movie about the work-in by
shipyard laborers. She will present readings/short rehearsed excerpts/scenes from this work. Jimmy Reid, the union convenor during the shipyard dispute, is expected to participate.

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