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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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In Defense of the Kentucky Miners (1932)

In Defense of the Kentucky Miners (1932)

(p.135) 22 In Defense of the Kentucky Miners (1932)
Jewish Radicals

Workmen’s Circle, Branch 417

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This chapter presents a resolution in defense of the Kentucky Miners—a group of seven imprisoned coal miners and mine union officials from Harlan County, Kentucky—by members of the Workmen's Circle hailing from the Russian city of Bielotzerkov. The Workmen's Circle (Arbeter Ring, in Yiddish) was a nationwide, fraternal order established in 1900. They offered generous financial and moral support to myriad labor and socialist causes, including that of the Kentucky Miners. This resolution exhorts fellow labor organizations to unite in their defense of the miners, no matter what their political beliefs. As for the coal miners themselves, their battle for unionization continued until 1939, when the United Mine Workers won the right to organize in Harlan County.

Keywords:   Kentucky Miners, Harlan County, Kentucky, Workmen's Circle, labor organizations, coal miners, mine union officials

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