Author Archives: Anthracite Unite

Who Painted the Portrait of Reagan in Packerton?

Artist comes clean as critic of filthy policies

Warmth (Memories of a Coal and Ice Man)

I am thinking about warmth and what it means to us

His, Hers, and Theirs

Families were always complicated in coal country

Bakery

You’ve got to marvel at workers’ artistry

The Joys of Jeddo

Memories of growing up in a patch town

Dear More Fortunate Sir

A letter from an immigrant worker to a coal baron, circa 1878

A Child’s Christmas in Coaldamp

Have yourself a literary Christmas

Coal and its Discontents

“Coal is pervasive – it gets beneath your fingernails, creeps into your dreams”

On Suffocation

An Irish American’s plea for justice

Our Neighbors are Out of Work

A unique look at unemployment data paints a grisly picture