Background[ edit ] Carnegie Steel made major technological innovations in the s, especially the installation of the open-hearth system at Homestead in It now became possible to make steel suitable for structural beams and for armor plate for the United States Navywhich paid far higher prices for the premium product. In addition, the plant moved increasingly toward the continuous system of production.
When we got back to Charleston, where she had raised her family of three children, she gave me a little paperback book titled Mingo County History.
It was in that local history that I first read of the Matewan Massacre. I began imm I put down the first words of this novel in after taking my grandmother to her childhood home in the Tug Valley of southern West Virginia.
There was not a lot of information available about the Tug Valley and the Mine Wars in Now, mostly published in the last decade, there are many books, fiction and non-fiction, that provide an accurate history of southern West Virginia.
For 45 years I have written and rewritten The Road to Matewan. The first draft, finished inwas twice as long as the present version.
I persevered because the story of the mountaineers of southern West Virginia was so important and needed to be told to the world.
There will be readers of The Road to Matewan who first encounter this history in my book. Spreading this history is my intent.
Appalachia, its coalfields, and especially the Tug Valley, are an American tragedy. When the liars and thieves representing the land and coal companies set about stealing the land from its pioneer owners, no one could have envisioned the feudal state that would be imposed upon the mountaineers of West Virginia.
I know how important the history of the Tug Valley is to me, and I have seen how important that history is to the people who were uprooted, and to the descendents of those who stayed.
Therefore, The Road to Matewan.The Road to Matewan is a road to progress and industrialization - and a road to death and destruction. Thomas Greene is a rare mountain philosopher who understands both sides of that path and lives his life navigating its twists and turns/5.
The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce in Williamson is located in a building made of 65 tons of this substance. A cashier is not considered a service job. In , 30 percent of West Virginia's non-farm jobs were in services, and another 22 percent were in wholesale and retail trade.
Feb 13, · Book Tug Valley Inn, Inc., Williamson on TripAdvisor: See 15 traveler reviews, 6 candid photos, and great deals for Tug Valley Inn, Inc., ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / /5(15). The Battle of Blair Mountain was the largest labor uprising in United States history and one of the largest, best-organized, and most well-armed uprisings since the American Civil War..
The conflict occurred in Logan County, West Virginia, as part of the Coal Wars, a series of earlyth-century labor disputes in barnweddingvt.comns rose between . Aug 25, · Book Tug Valley Inn, Inc., Williamson on TripAdvisor: See 15 traveler reviews, 6 candid photos, and great deals for Tug Valley Inn, Inc., ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / /5(15).
Devil Anse ATV Lodging at the Hatfield and Mccoy Trails is mi ( km) from the center of Matewan. Guests who stay at this star hotel in Chapmanville can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free WiFi.