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Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama s Cahaba Coal Field

James Sanders Day

Edité par The University of Alabama Press, United States, 2013
ISBN 10: 0817317945 / ISBN 13: 9780817317942
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Titre : Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama ...

Éditeur : The University of Alabama Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2013

Reliure : Microfilm

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Diamonds in the Rough reconstructs the historical moment that defined the Cahaba Coal Field, a mineral-rich area that stretches across sixty-seven miles and four counties of central Alabama. Combining existing written sources with oral accounts and personal recollections, James Sanders Day s Diamonds in the Rough describes the numerous coal operations in this region--later overshadowed by the rise of the Birmingham district and the larger Warrior Field to the north. Many of the capitalists are the same: Truman H. Aldrich, Henry F. DeBardeleben, and James W. Sloss, among others; however, the plethora of small independent enterprises, properties of the coal itself, and technological considerations distinguish the Cahaba from other Alabama coal fields. Relatively short-lived, the Cahaba coal-mining operation spanned from discovery in the 1840s through development, boom, and finally bust in the mid-1950s. Day considers the chronological discovery, mapping, mining, and marketing of the field s coal as well as the issues of convict leasing, town development, welfare capitalism, and unionism, weaving it all into a rich tapestry. At the heart of the story are the diverse people who lived and worked in the district--whether operator or miner, management or labour, union or nonunion, white or black, immigrant or native--who left a legacy for posterity now captured in Diamonds in the Rough . Largely obscured today by pine trees and kudzu, the mining districts of the Cahaba Coal Field forever influenced the lives of countless individuals and families, and ultimately contributed to the whole fabric of the state of Alabama. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9780817317942

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Synopsis : "Diamonds in the Rough" reconstructs the historical moment that defined the Cahaba Coal Field, a mineral-rich area that stretches across sixty-seven miles and four counties of central Alabama. Combining existing written sources with oral accounts and personal recollections, James Sanders Day's "Diamonds in the Rough" describes the numerous coal operations in this region--later overshadowed by the rise of the Birmingham district and the larger Warrior Field to the north. Many of the capitalists are the same: Truman H. Aldrich, Henry F. DeBardeleben, and James W. Sloss, among others; however, the plethora of small independent enterprises, properties of the coal itself, and technological considerations distinguish the Cahaba from other Alabama coal fields. Relatively short-lived, the Cahaba coal-mining operation spanned from discovery in the 1840s through development, boom, and finally bust in the mid-1950s. Day considers the chronological discovery, mapping, mining, and marketing of the field's coal as well as the issues of convict leasing, town development, welfare capitalism, and unionism, weaving it all into a rich tapestry. At the heart of the story are the diverse people who lived and worked in the district--whether operator or miner, management or labor, union or nonunion, white or black, immigrant or native--who left a legacy for posterity now captured in "Diamonds in the Rough." Largely obscured today by pine trees and kudzu, the mining districts of the Cahaba Coal Field forever influenced the lives of countless individuals and families, and ultimately contributed to the whole fabric of the state of Alabama. Winner of the 2014 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for Best Work on Alabama Local History from the Alabama Historical Association

Critique: "In "Diamonds in the Rough," Jim Day rescues the land and people of the Cahaba coal fields from historical obscurity, exposing them to a larger audience than can the local museums and historical societies that dot the district. He makes the story of the people available and interesting to avocational historians without sacrificing the analysis demanded by academics." --"Alabama Review" "Day's discovery of massive documentation of the earliest geological and economic development of the antebellum Bibb-Shelby County coal industry is a remarkable accomplishment. More important, he has mastered the complex financial and social structures, which are essential for any understanding of the subject. His work on I. T. Tichenor and the complicated coal baron rivalries and alliances of the Reconstruction era are no less important. Day writes as an honest broker, presenting both sides of the complicated management-labor divide without the special pleading either way that accompanies far too much labor history in Alabama. . . . This is rich social, economic, and labor history at its best."--Wayne Flynt, author of "Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites "and "Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives"

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