Title: The Devil Is Here in These Hills by James Green
Category: Nonfiction, History, West Virginia History
Review: I picked up this book because I am a West Virginian and I grew up, for the most part, in West Virginia. I wanted to learn more about the history of West Virginia. James Green, the author, did a really good job writing this book. There is a lot of things we don’t know about coal mining and the hard work that the miners had to go through. This book relays the gravity of the situations that the miners went through.
Mr. Green talks about the two major mine wars that occurred in West Virginia. He tells the reader about how the miners were treated by the coal companies. For instance, if they joined a union, the miner and their families could be thrown out of their house. He also tells us of the corruption of the companies. Like how the companies made the miners sign contracts to not join unions in order to have a job.
We don’t know a lot about miners and their work, especially in the past. This book goes in depth about the dangerous situations they had to face to finally get the freedoms that the miners of today have. It is an eye-opening book and I definitely recommend it. It is well written and I think that Mr. Green did a great job with his research. Read this book if you get a chance.