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1 BLACK COAL MINERS IN AMERICA: Race, Class, and Community Conflict, 1780-1980

256 pages, illus., cloth, University Press of Kentucky

“A virtual cornucopia of riches. . . . A model of comparative history.”—Journal of Southern History
“Challenging, well-written. . . . Provides much valuable evidence on the black experience in a major industry.”—Journal of Economic History
Price: 29.95 USD

Coal: A Human History, Barbara Freese

2 Coal: A Human History
Barbara Freese
320 pages, 7 1/2 x 5, Penguin Books

Price: 4.96 USD



3 Anthracite Coal Art of Charles Edgar Patience
Juanita Patience Moss
(2006), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 170 pp, Heritage Books
Charles Edgar Patience was an African American anthracite coal sculptor from northeastern Pennsylvania. Having been taught the skills of coal carving by his father who once had been a breaker boy at a local colliery and later a successful entrepreneur, Edgar took the art to a higher level and fulfilled his aspirations of becoming a recognized sculptor. His unique work was described in the March 1970 issue of Ebony magazine as “the world’s most unique sculptor.” In 1972, he was listed in Who’s Who in America. Unfortunately, just as his star was rising, he died from the curse of miners, black lung disease. Even though he had never been a miner, the coal dust he had been inhaling throughout his sixty-five years damaged his lungs. This book has been written by his daughter for those readers who are old enough to remember when “anthracite was king” in northeastern Pennsylvania and for those who are not old enough. It is written for those who have no idea that coal can be a medium for sculpturing. It is written so that both present and future generations may come to know and appreciate the work of the pioneer anthracite coal sculptor, Charles Edgar Patience, who brought forth beauty and universal definition from the Pennsylvania “black diamond.” A wealth of photographs and a full name plus subject index enhance the text.
Price: 25.50 USD

Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800, Peter Thorsheim

4 Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800
Peter Thorsheim
360 pages, 6 x 9, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
Britain's supremacy in the nineteenth century depended in large part on its vast deposits of coal. This coal not only powered steam engines in factories, ships, and railway locomotives but also warmed homes and cooked food. As coal consumption skyrocketed, the air in Britain's cities and towns became filled with ever-greater and denser clouds of smoke.
In this far-reaching study, Peter Thorsheim explains that, for much of the nineteenth century, few people in Britain even considered coal smoke to be pollution. To them, pollution meant miasma: invisible gases generated by decomposing plant and animal matter. Far from viewing coal smoke as pollution, most people considered smoke to be a valuable disinfectant, for its carbon and sulfur were thought capable of rendering miasma harmless.
Inventing Pollution examines the radically new understanding of pollution that emerged in the late nineteenth century, one that centered not on organic decay but on coal combustion. This change, as Peter Thorsheim argues, gave birth to the smoke-abatement movement and to new ways of thinking about the relationships among humanity, technology, and the environment.

About Author
Peter Thorsheim is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

“I have no doubt that Inventing Pollution will remain the best text in its field for many years.” —Mark Cioc, author of The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815–2000

"Inventing Pollution is a valuable reminder that air pollution was causing environmental, medical, and political controversies long before it became a focus for protests and regulations in the 1960s. By tracing the many responses to 'smoke pollution' in the first industrial nation over the past two centuries, Peter Thorsheim has established himself as a leading environmental historian of modern Britain. His book will be of wide interest on both sides of the Atlantic." —William Cronon, author of Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England and Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature
Price: 26.95 USD

Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia, William Faricy Condee

5 Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia
William Faricy Condee
224 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, illus., cloth, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
Opera houses were fixtures of Appalachian life from the end of the Civil War through the 1920s. Most towns and cities had at least one opera house during this golden age. Coal mining and railroads brought travelers, money, and change to the region. Many aspects of American life converged in the opera house.
Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia is a critical appreciation of the opera house in the coal-mining region of Appalachia from the mid-1860s to the early 1930s. Author William Faricy Condee demonstrates that these were multipurpose facilities that were central to the life of their communities. In the era before radio, movies, television, and malls, these buildings were essential. They housed little, if any, opera, but were used for almost everything else, including traveling theater, concerts, religious events, lectures, commencements, boxing matches, benefits, union meetings, and-if the auditorium had a flat floor-skating and basketball.
The only book on opera houses that stresses their cultural context, Condee's unique study will interest cultural geographers, scholars of Appalachian studies, and all those who appreciate the gaudy diversity of the American scene.

About Author
William Faricy Condee is a professor of theater and the director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. He is the author of Theatrical Space: A Guide for Directors and Designers. His articles about theater architecture have appeared in numerous journals in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ohioana Book Award Finalist

“What makes this study of value and also unique is Condee’s approach to the topic. It is a useful analysis of the opera house as a reflector and location of local culture in far more ways than traditional performance. A real attraction is the plentiful illustrations.” —Don B. Wilmeth, editor of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre & Drama and The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre (2nd ed.)
Price: 34.95 USD


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