Detail View: Colorado Coal Project: Driving mules in Weld County coal mines (pt. 2 of 3)

Collection Name: 
Colorado Coal Project
Title: 
Driving mules in Weld County coal mines (pt. 2 of 3)
Creator: 
Margolis, Eric, 1947-
Creator: 
McMahan, Ronald L.
Subject: 
Coal mines and mining
Subject: 
Ludlow Massacre, Colo., 1913-1914
Subject: 
Lewis, John L. (John Llewellyn), 1880-1969
Subject: 
Coal miners -- Colorado -- History -- 20th century
Subject: 
Quality of life -- United States -- History
Subject: 
Coal mine accidents -- Colorado -- History
Subject: 
Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937
Subject: 
Coal miners -- Personal narratives
Description: 
A retired coal miner talks about his mining days, which began when he was 15 years old. He worked at numerous mines, wherever there was work, mostly as a mule team driver. He expounds on work hours, his pay, lunch pails, and meeting Mr. Rockefeller. Winters were spent in tents with wooden floors and a stove and miners miners worked ten hours per day. In the summer there was little mining work. Miners took on other jobs and families went into debt. He explains digging and loading procedures and talks about the dangers of mining the gassy plain mines of central Colorado. He recalls explosions in Monarch, Hastings, and Berwind mines. He gives a brief description of the events surrounding the Ludlow Massacre, at which he was shot. Convinced that only with a union would miners improve their situation, he did some organizing in Wyoming and was blacklisted for 2 years.
Description Type: 
summary
Description: 
No transcript until ~44:40 min. of video 10 min: Poor wages and conditions discourage DeSantis's sons; his memories of Mother Jones. 20 min: Memories of Ludlow massacre; photos from his time working as a miner. 30 min: Photo of tent colony at Ludlow; the 1927 strike; his involvement with the union. 40 min: Lack of skills forced many miners to continue work in the mines. 46:16 min: Transcript begins = p. 31 of pdf 50 min: Lack of respect for miners = p. 33 of pdf 60 min: Work and safety in the mines; dangers of gas in the mines = p. 39 of pdf
Description Type: 
segmentSequence
Publisher: 
University of Colorado Boulder Archives
Contributor: 
DeSantis, Dan, 1896-1981
Date: 
1/19/1978
Type: 
MovingImage
Format: 
video/mp4
Identifier: 
114-DeSantis
Language: 
English
Relation: 
narv_coloradoCoal_transDeSantis
Relation Type: 
derivedFrom
Relation href: 
http://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/s/qr65gc
Relation: 
113-DeSantis
Relation Type: 
relatedTo
Relation href: 
http://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/s/ulv5h3
Relation: 
115-DeSantis
Relation Type: 
relatedTo
Relation href: 
http://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/s/608xm4
Coverage (Spatial): 
Berwind Mines, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Colorado
Coverage (Spatial): 
Eagle Mine, Weld County, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Imperial Mine, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Ludlow, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Monarch Mine, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Morley Mine, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Weld County, CO
Coverage (Temporal): 
1913/1978