This social history of coal mining in Nova Scotia's Pictou County offers a unique portrait of a long-established working-class community.
There are detailed accounts of the changing work-life of miners told in the words of the miners themselves. Family and social life, union agitation, relations with the company and strikes are all described. There are several accounts of major disasters in the mines.
The book concludes with a discussion of the revival of coal mining in recent years with the Westray Mine, and an account of the 1992 disaster.
Extensively illustrated with historical photographs, Coal in our Blood is a valuable contribution to Nova Scotia's social and labour history.
About the author
JUDITH HOEGG RYAN is a historian, and the author of Mining. She has written several studies on Nova Scotia industries for the Nova Scotia Museum. She is a native of Pictou County and the daughter of a retired coal miner.