Two Letters to the United Mine Workers Journal

Two letters written by miners to the United Mine Workers Journal after the signing of the 1933 Appalachian wage agreement offer insight into how miners viewed the New Deal and its impact on the coalfields.

How did these miners see the relationship between their identities as workers and as Americans?

What does freedom mean to them?  How did the New Deal change their everyday lives?


Charles W. Jesse to Editor of the journal, October 15, 1934, United Mine Workers Journal and John Vanusek to Editor of the journal, February 1, 1935, United Mine Workers Journal.

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