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Coal Culture: People, Lives and Stories

The pages below present essays, histories, and anecdotes about people whose lives revolved around Pennsylvania's Coal Culture.
A Woman's Day: Work and Anxiety
Read about the life of a coal miner's wife in the early 20th Century.
Ernest: Life in a Mining Town
Find out what life was like in a company-owned mining town.
Fiddlin' Joe Yesolivich
Read about Joe Yesolivich, a coal miner-turned-fiddler in Indiana County.
Lucius Waterman Robinson: A Dominating Figure
Lucius Waterman Robinson was the chief executive of the Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal & Iron Company from 1899 to 1919.
Mary Harris Jones
Mary Harris Jones, known as Mother Jones (1837 1930) was born in Ireland, and came to the United States where she became an American labor union and community organizer. Mother Jones helped the UMWA organize the country's miners.
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