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An independent film based on historical events in Alabama in the 1920s. Set in the era when coal miners fought for better lives and mine owners had government in their pockets, Company M tells the story of one mine workers death at the hands of soldiers, a single tale that distills a much larger truth.
In 1921, their trial was one of the greatest ever staged in the state of Alabama. Nine soldiers from Company M of the Alabama National Guard were charged with murder in the killing of a young Walker County miner. Company commander Sgt. Robert J. Lancaster and others were eventually convicted, then walked free after an appeals court overturned the verdicts. Every one of those soldiers, it is said, died an untimely death.
During a lengthy and sometimes violent strike by miners, a young man had been gruesomely killed by a group of active-duty soldiers. Company M of the Alabama National Guard was among several units called to quell the strike, which had attracted national attention.
10 March 2013 (USA)
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