Sixteen Tons takes the reader down into the dangerous coal mines of the early 1900s, as Italian immigrant Antonio Vacca and his sons encounter cave-ins and fires deep below the earth’s surface. Above ground, the fiery women join their husbands to battle gun thugs and corrupt sheriffs at Virden, Matewan and Ludlow in an epic struggle to form a union and make the mines a safer place to work. An epic novel in the tradition of The Grapes of Wrath.
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