Bloody Harlan 5

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Bloody Harlan 5 - planned. "Dry-Cleaning:" for County The county...
planned. "Dry-Cleaning:" for County The county which saw bloody civil war in 1931, with at least eight dead men along the roadside at Evarts, the county of 70,000 people which had 64 homicides in 1933, is being dry-cleaned by new forces and new influences. The influences which are changing Harlan county are these: 1. The Wagner Labor Relations act, which has brought the union- resisting coal operators face to face with the federal government instead of the local government which they dominated for 20 years. 2, The LaFollette Civil Liberties investigation, which ventilated the evil practices of the Harlan coal region so publicly as to cause a re-r vylsion even among some of the coal operators themselves. ..3. The Musick murder, a killing so cold-blooded and heartless that even some of Harlan's gun-bearing deputy sheriff's condemn it. 4. The persistence of United Mine Workers' organizers, who repeatedly took the gravest chances in their efforts to organize the miners. 5. A governor who was able to read the writing on the wall and exert the force of the state at the pshychological moment. "6. Comparative prosperity in the coal fields, making miners' grievances less heavy, and making the operators less willing to face a bloody and costly strike. Union leaders like William Turnblazer, head of district 19, United Mine Workers, are confident that by midsummer Harlan County coal mines will be thoroughly unionized. They claim 8,000 members m 25 locals in the county today. Should unionization iy completed, much of the cause to taxpayers of n s ; ae

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 05 Jun 1937, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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