Detail View: Colorado Coal Project: Coal mining in Weld County (Part 1 of 3)

Collection Name: 
Colorado Coal Project
Title: 
Coal mining in Weld County (Part 1 of 3)
Creator: 
Margolis, Eric, 1947-
Creator: 
McMahan, Ronald L.
Subject: 
Coal mines and mining
Subject: 
Coal miners -- Labor unions -- Colorado
Subject: 
United Mine Workers of America -- History -- 20th century
Subject: 
Columbine Mine (Weld County, Colo.)
Subject: 
Strip mining -- Environmental aspects -- United States
Subject: 
Yellow dog contract
Subject: 
Imperial Coal Company
Subject: 
Lewis, John L. (John Llewellyn), 1880-1969
Subject: 
Coal miners -- Personal narratives
Description: 
Two retired coal miners recount their coal mining days, from management obstructing union membership to the squabbling among unions (e.g., AFL, IWW, UMW) and to incompetent decision-making regarding mine safety. They compare older and younger miners' attitudes and regional differences (Utah, Wyoming, Europe). They also address issues of race and ethnicity. They both still attend union meetings but question the effectiveness of the leadership, especially compared to the times of UMWA president John L. Lewis. They feel that the federal government ought to be more involved in coal mining issues, that environmental concerns need to come before profit-making, and that coal mines should be nationalized. While younger people are better educated and have more opportunities, they admit that, for them, mining would have been hard to quit. They liked the challenge and hard work but feel that coal miners' services and know-how is not appreciated by society.
Description Type: 
summary
Description: 
Video begins = p. 3 of pdf 10 min: Early mining careers of these retired coal miners = p. 8 of pdf 10:50 min -- Video frozen, but audio continues 20 min: Mechanization of the mines in 1920s; Columbine Mine massacre = p. 13 of pdf 24:30 min -- Video resumes 30 min: Dangers of mining; environmental impact of negligence, poor mining laws; their involvement in the union = p. 19 of pdf 40 min: Changes in the UMWA since the 1940s and John L. Lewis = p. 24 of pdf 50 min: Lack of respect for miners; their role in World War II = p. 28 of pdf 60 min: Ethnic relations in mining camps; their union activities vs. those of modern miners = p. 33 of pdf
Description Type: 
SegmentSequence
Publisher: 
University of Colorado Boulder Archives
Contributor: 
Amicarella, Claude, 1911-1986
Contributor: 
Amicarella, Lawrence, 1902-1988
Date: 
2/21/1978
Type: 
MovingImage
Format: 
video/mp4
Identifier: 
132-Amicarella
Language: 
English
Relation: 
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http://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/s/cx61pc
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Relation: 
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Relation: 
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Relation Type: 
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Coverage (Spatial): 
Colorado
Coverage (Spatial): 
Columbine Mine, Weld County, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Eagle Mine, Weld County, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Lincoln Mine, Weld County, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Trinidad, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Weld County, CO
Coverage (Temporal): 
1920-1978