By Marilyn D. Rhinehart
The coal mine represented even more than a fashion of creating a residing to the miners of Thurber, Texas, within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries-it represented a lifestyle. Coal mining ruled Thurber's paintings lifestyles, and miners ruled its social existence. the big immigrant inhabitants that crammed the mines in Thurber represented greater than a dozen international locations, which lent a area of expertise to this Texas city. In 1888 Robert D. Hunter and the Texas & Pacific Coal corporation based Thurber at the web site of Johnson Mines, a small coal-mining village at the western fringe of North principal Texas the place Palo Pinto, Erath, and Eastland counties converged. for nearly 40 years the corporate mined coal and owned and operated a city that via 1910 served as domestic to greater than 3 thousand citizens. Marilyn Rhinehart examines the tradition of the miners' paintings, the demographics and social lifetime of the group, and the advantages and constraints of lifestyles in an organization city.
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2 The railroads, so anxious to see the development of the state's coal reserves, apparently even offered rewards for the discovery of coal along their lines. Jay Gould's Texas and Pacific Railroad demonstrated a particular interest in coal resources in Erath, Palo Pinto, and surrounding counties by 1880, when management extended the line west of Fort Worth into the sparsely populated Texas frontier. For several years, the railroad even operated its own mines near Gordon at Coalville in Palo Pinto County, approximately eight miles from the site where the Johnson Company sank its first shaft in 1886.
Thompson and Eric Hobsbawm heavily influenced), an increasing number of labor historians have chosen the local scene and specific industries for intensive examination. In contrast to the "old school" of labor history associated with John R. Commons's Wisconsin school of labor economists, these more recent studies treat the labor union movement as only one component of the workers' experience. 3 The result has been an outpouring of illuminating studies that tell us more about the demographic makeup of worker communities and the importance of the culture of an occupation, family and social life, and the habits that shaped everyday events and patterns of protest.
Rhinehart Page iv Copyright © 1992 by Marilyn D. 48-1984. Binding materials have been chosen for durability. , 1948 A way of work and a way of life : coal mining in Thurber, Texas, 18881926 / Marilyn D. Rhinehart. 1st ed. cm. 9) Includes bibliographical references and index. Coal miners Texas Thurber History. Series. Dubberly and the late Rebekah Lane Dubberly, who taught me that honest work is honorable work. Page vii Contents List of Illustrations page ix List of Tables xi Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv I.