Harlan County USA

Kopple, Barbara
Year Published:  1976
Resource Type:  Film
Cx Number:  CX7160

An effort of 180 coal miners and their wives to strike for benefits at the Eastover Coal Company's Brookside Mine in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky in 1973.

This 1976 Oscar-winning documentary film covers the "Brookside Miner's Strike" in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky in 1973. Eastovers refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more than a year and included violent battles between gun-toting company thugs/scabs and the picketing miners and their supportive women-folk. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA. 104 mins.

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