The Resource They say in Harlan County : an oral history, Alessandro Portelli

They say in Harlan County : an oral history, Alessandro Portelli

Label
They say in Harlan County : an oral history
Title
They say in Harlan County
Title remainder
an oral history
Statement of responsibility
Alessandro Portelli
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Made famous in the 1976 documentary Harlan County USA, this pocket of Appalachian coal country has been home to generations of miners--and to some of the most bitter labor battles of the 20th century. It has also produced a rich tradition of protest songs and a wealth of fascinating culture and custom that has remained largely undiscovered by outsiders, until now. They Say in Harlan County is not a book about coal miners so much as a dialogue in which more than 150 Harlan County women and men tell the story of their region, from pioneer times through the dramatic strikes of the 1930s and '70s, up to the present. Alessandro Portelli draws on 25 years of original interviews to take readers into the mines and inside the lives of those who work, suffer, and often die in them--from black lung, falling rock, suffocation, or simply from work that can be literally backbreaking. The book is structured as a vivid montage of all these voices--stoic, outraged, grief-stricken, defiant--skillfully interwoven with documents from archives, newspapers, literary works, and the author's own participating and critical voice. Portelli uncovers the whole history and memory of the United States in this one symbolic place, through settlement, civil war, slavery, industrialization, immigration, labor conflict, technological change, migration, strip mining, environmental and social crises, and resistance. And as hot-button issues like mountain-top removal and the use of 'clean coal' continue to hit the news, the history of Harlan County--especially as seen through the eyes of those who lived it--is becoming increasingly important. With rare emotional immediacy, gripping narratives, and unforgettable characters, They Say in Harlan County tells the real story of a culture, the resilience of its people, and the human costs of coal mining"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
976.9/154
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F457.H3
LC item number
P67 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
They say in Harlan County : an oral history, Alessandro Portelli
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
HARLAN COUNTY, 1964-2009: A Love Story -- 1. THE BEAR AND THE SYCAMORE TREE -- 2. OF HARDSHIP AND LOVE -- 3. WARS AND PEACE -- 4. THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM -- 5. FLUSH TIMES AND ROUGH TIMES -- 6. A SPACE OF THEIR OWN -- 7. MINER'S LIFE -- 8. IDENTITIES -- 9. NO NEUTRALS THERE -- 10. GOD, GUNS, AND GUTS -- 11. HARLAN ON OUR MINDS -- 12. EXODUS -- 13. THE OTHER AMERICA -- 14. DEMOCRACY AND THE MINES -- 15. STAYING ALIVE -- People I Owe -- The Narrators -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn679998967
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (446 pages, [8] pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199781331
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b33279858
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)679998967
  • acaebk0199781338

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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