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Harlan County U.S.A. (1977)

PG 01/23/1977 (US) Documentary 1h 43m

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This film documents the coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973. Eastovers refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more than a year and included violent battles between gun-toting company thugs/scabs and the picketing miners and their supportive women-folk. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA.

  1. Barbara Kopple


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  1. Norman Yarborough

    Himself - Eastover Mining President

  2. Houston Elmore

    Himself - UMW organizer

  3. Phil Sparks

    Himself - UMW staff

  4. Bessie Lou Cornett


  5. Sudie Crusenberry


  6. Mary Lou Fergerson


  7. Basil Collins

    Himself - mine foreman

  8. Florence Reece


  9. Lois Scott


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Harlan County U.S.A.
Harlan County U.S.A.

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Original Language English

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