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Harlan County U.S.A. (1976) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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.

    - Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>
  • A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm

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