Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

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Harlan is a tough mining community in the Appalachian mountain area of Kentucky. The film shows the development of the miners' union from the turn of the century to recent years when the rank and file took over and details the year long strike carried on by the coal miners at the Brookside Works in Harlan County, East Kentucky. Shows the picketing, the use of state troopers to keep the road open for non-strikers, the confrontations, a shooting, and the efforts of the strikers and their families to remain organised and united through the year. Includes intercut footage from the 1931 strikes when five miners were killed. Also details the successful battle of reformers to oust the national leadership of the UMW.

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