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Witness at Hawks Nest

by Dwight Harshbarger

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IMPORTANT: somehow the Library of Congress record for this book contains the subtitle A GRANDMOTHER'S MIX OF MEMORIES AND RECIPES. As a long-time library worker, let me assure those who don't already know, the LoC is far from perfect in its cataloguing, and suffice it to say, this is NOT a cozy cluster of old-time lore, but rather an intense novel of industrial disaster, based on facts.
  HarryMacDonald | Oct 2, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0984075720, Paperback)

1930: the Great Depression. Twenty-five cent an hour jobs attract thousands of men to West Virginia, two-thirds of them black, to drill Union Carbide's Hawks Nest tunnel through near-solid rock. Within months, men fall ill and die of a mysterious illness tunnelitis company doctors call it. Lacking respiratory protection, at least 800, possibly over 1,500, workers will die of acute silicosis in America's worst industrial disaster. Orville Orr, a company-paid deputy sheriff secures the first autopsy of a tunnel worker and builds evidence of the company's responsibility for the deaths. Armen, the mixed-race daughter of a tunnel worker and union organizer who has died of silicosis, joins him and they fall in love, as Orville risks his life to expose the truth.

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