This book, written from the author's personal knowledge of the
district, is a picture of the fabulous and violent past of
Pennsylvania's famed coke region and of its uncertain present. In
tracing its history Sheppard shows the changes in methods of
production and in the racial character of the population; she
pictures early mob violence, the activities of coal and iron
police, and the conditions that led to union organization in the
Originally published in 1947.
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