The battle of blair mountain is now cited as a pivotal chapter in american labor history but in the short term it proved to be a crushing defeat for the miners the state of west virginia . The battle of blair mountain was the largest labor uprising in united states history and one of the largest best organized and most well armed uprisings since the american civil war the conflict occurred in logan county west virginia as part of the coal wars a series of early 20th century labor disputes in appalachiatensions rose between workers and mine management and for five days . Ideally awareness of the battle of blair mountain and the west virginia mine wars will guard against warping its narrative into an alternative history built on alternative facts a history that masks how the working class has always had to agitate sometimes successfully against appalling and sometimes lethal working conditions . The battle for blair mountain has a rich and complex history hopefully with the sites designation on the national register of historic places more citizens will learn about this fascinating and tragic part of us history triggered by complex social and economic issues that still play out today learn more at these sites. In 1921 coal miners fed up with unfair labor practices and exploitation took up arms against their employers the resulting conflict lasted five days and has been called the biggest armed uprising on us soil since the civil war
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