Jesse Hallam, an illiterate coal miner from Kentucky, moves to Cincinnati so that his daughter may receive spinal surgery. Determined to support his family in the city, he decides he must learn how to read and write as an adult, and resolves to graduate from high school. Written by
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[as Jesse and his family are getting ready to leave
You show 'em up there!
Thanks. If that coal train starts runnin' again, don't come lookin' for me to blacken my hands in the mines.
Sung by Johnny Cash
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