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The Coal Labor Market, 1890–1930

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

To see how well the analytical framework fits the coal industry, this chapter describes the coal labor market in the early 1900s. The coal labor market boomed through World War I and then began to ... More


Death’s Taken a Mighty Toll for Coal, Coal, Coal

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Coal mining was one of the more dangerous occupations in the early 1900s. Workers were mobile enough that they reduced their labor supply to states where the mines were more dangerous. The United ... More


Dig Sixteen Tons and What Did You Get? Earnings

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Coal miners generally earned substantially more per hour than manufacturing workers, but their annual earnings were similar or slightly lower. On the plus side, coal miners had more workplace ... More


Did Coal Miners “Owe Their Souls to the Company Store”?

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Many argue that coal employers used company stores to exploit the coal miners. Because employers owned the store, some have argued that they exercised monopoly power, paying people in scrip that ... More


Conclusions

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Coal mining offered the opportunity to earn money quickly during booms, but it was a dirty, dangerous job often located in isolated little towns. To protect themselves against exploitation by ... More


The Company Town

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter deals with company towns and examines company ownership of housing. In part, the companies used their ownership to break labor strikes. Yet both the coal miners and the company actually ... More


What Did Miners Gain from Strikes?

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0011
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Bituminous coal mining was notorious for prolonged labor strikes and for the violence that marred some strikes. This chapter compares the strike activity in bituminous coal mining and other ... More


Working in a Coal Mine

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

During the hand-loading era, coal mining jobs often were divided into four broad categories based on wage rates. Tonnage men, who were paid by the ton of coal, were the most numerous group, including ... More


The Miners’ Choices: Voice or Exit

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Coal miners had two means of improving their conditions: voice and exit. They could band either together in labor unions and raise their collective voices, using strikes to focus attention on their ... More


Democratic Denials and Dissent at the Miners’ Welfare Fund, 1957–1963

Robyn Muncy

in Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691122731
eISBN:
9781400852413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691122731.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter details events in Josephine Roche's life from 1957 to 1963. During the late 1950s, two trends marked Roche's work at the miners' Welfare Fund. First, she reemerged into public life, ... More


Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Price V. Fishback

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This is a study of the economic lives of American bituminous coal miners in the early part of this century. Most studies of labor in coal mining focus on the struggle to organize unions. This study ... More


The Analytical Framework

Price V. Fishback

in Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067255
eISBN:
9780199855025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter lays out the analytical framework, which shows how competition (exit) and collective action (voice) affected the economic welfare of coal miners. The framework starts with a basic ... More


National Scale: A Living Wage for Capital and for Labor, 1895–1902

Andrew B. Arnold

in Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814764985
eISBN:
9780814724958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814764985.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the coal miners' attempt to establish a national market for wages in the period 1895–1902. From about 1895 to 1900, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) held joint ... More


Every New Grave Brought a Thousand Members: The Politics of Death in Illinois Coal Communities, 1883–1910

Michael K. Rosenow

in Death and Dying in the Working Class, 1865-1920

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039133
eISBN:
9780252097119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039133.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the politics of death in Illinois coal mining communities during the period 1883–1910, with particular emphasis on how miners and their families experienced death in one of the ... More


Seeking Fundamentals: The Colorado Coal Strike, 1913–1914

Robyn Muncy

in Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691122731
eISBN:
9781400852413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691122731.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter details events in Josephine Roche's life from 1913 to 1914. After a restorative break in the Rockies, Roche returned to Denver and faced hard decisions about what to pursue next. Her ... More


Association: Organization and Industry, 1890–1894

Andrew B. Arnold

in Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814764985
eISBN:
9780814724958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814764985.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the Central Pennsylvania coal industry's attempts to create a national organization in the late nineteenth century. Between 1890 and 1894, coal operators, coal miners, and ... More


Women Miners and the Woman Question

Patricia Penn Hilden

in Women, Work, and Politics: Belgium 1830-1914

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198228837
eISBN:
9780191678837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228837.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines the emergence of the so-called ‘woman question’ in public debate in Belgium, focusing on women coal miners. It suggests that the discussion on this issue reflected the often ... More


The Vanguard: Coal Miners and Structural Power

Michael Goldfield

in The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190079321
eISBN:
9780190079352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190079321.003.0003
Subject:
History, Political History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 2 examines coal miners during the 1930s through the 1950s, when coal was a central industry both for the U.S. economy and for the growth of industrial unionism. It highlights the vanguard ... More


Origins: New Organizational Forms, 1886–1890

Andrew B. Arnold

in Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814764985
eISBN:
9780814724958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814764985.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the emergence of new organizational forms in Central Pennsylvania's coal industry in the late nineteenth century. It begins with a discussion of the coal miners' strike staged ... More


Compromise: The Great Upheaval in Coal, 1886

Andrew B. Arnold

in Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814764985
eISBN:
9780814724958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814764985.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the compromise between coal operators and coal miners of Central Pennsylvania that enabled them to achieve prosperity and ideological consistency—two things that the railroads, ... More


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