Guards or Thugs, Miners or Anarchists: Historical Interpretations of the West Virginia Mine Wars

Mine Wars scholar: new generation rediscovering conflict

According to the above article, Dr. Lou Martin, an an associate professor at Chatham Univeritsy and author of “Smokestacks in the Hills: Rural-Industrial Workers in West Virginia” and co-editor of “Culture, Class, and Politics in Modern Appalachia,” will speak as a guest lecturer October 3 at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley, West Virginia.

Martin will present “Guards or Thugs, Miners or Anarchists: Historical Interpretations of the West Virginia Mine Wars” at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Carter Hall auditorium on South Kanawha Street.

Martin is a graduate of West Virginia University and a founder and member of the board of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum in Matewan, West Virginia, where the war’s Battle of Matewan was fought in 1920.

The lecture is free and open to the public.