Harlan County U.S.A.Harlan County U.S.A.

Harlan County U.S.A. (1977)


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1h 43min


Norman Yarborough
Himself - Eastover Mining President
Houston Elmore
Himself - UMW organizer
Phil Sparks
Himself - UMW staff
Basil Collins
Himself - mine foreman


This film documents the coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 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.

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