Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Charles V. Bias

Second Advisor

R. F. Maddox


The preoccupation of the American federal government involving the eventual defeat of Imperial Germany helped generate an unprecedented growth in the United Mine Workers of America. Traditional antagonists recognized a temporary truce in the struggle to unionize America’s labor force during World War I as the Wilson administration and the leaders of organized labor avoided confrontations that would disrupt the war effort. Because of the absence of federal regulations the United Mine Workers of America finally managed to gain recognition among the majority of the nation's coal miners during the war. Organized in 1890, the UMWA had 20,000 members out of a total 255,244 workers. By November 1918, membership in the UMWA had grown to 409,344 out of a total workforce of 762,426 miners.


Labor disputes – West Virginia – Mingo County.

Labor disputes – West Virginia – Logan County.

Coal miners – West Virginia – Mingo County.

Coal miners – West Virginia – Logan County.

Mingo County (W. Va.) – History.

Logan County (W. Va.) – History.

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