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Trapped : the 1909 Cherry mine disaster (utgåvan 2002)

av Karen Tintori

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A gripping account of the worst coal mine fire in US history--the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster that claimed the lives of 259 men. "Drawing on diaries, letters, written accounts of survivors and testimony from the coroner's inquest...Tintori's engaging prose keeps readers on the edge" (Publishers Weekly). Inspired by a refrain of her girlhood--"Your grandfather survived the Cherry Mine disaster"--Karen Tintori began a search for her family's role in the harrowing tragedy of 1909. She uncovered the stories of victims, survivors, widows, orphans, townspeople, firefighters, reporters, and mine owners, and wove them together to pen Trapped, a riveting account of the tragic day that would inspire America's first worker's compensation laws and hasten much-needed child labor reform. On a Saturday morning in November of 1909, four hundred and eighty men went down into the mines as they had countless times before. But a fire erupted in the mineshaft that day and soon burned out of control. By nightfall, more than half the men would either be dead or trapped as officials sealed the mine in an attempt to contain the blaze. Miraculously, twenty men would emerge one week later, but not before the Cherry Mine disaster went down in history as the worst ever coal mine fire in the US--and not before all the treachery and heroism of mankind were revealed.… (mer)
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Titel:Trapped : the 1909 Cherry mine disaster
Författare:Karen Tintori
Info:New York : Atria Books, c2002.
Samlingar:No Cover, Ditt bibliotek
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This book tells the story of the 1909 fire at the Cherry mine in northern Illinois. The author decided to investigate a family story that her grandfather had survived this mine disaster. It did not turn out quite that way - he actually stayed home with a hangover, so one could say that he averted the disaster rather than survived it - but several other family members were inside the mine when the fire started. The story is told from diaries maintained by men who were trapped inside the mine, from the subsequent investigation, and from family stories related by descendants, many of whom still live in the area.

The mine was fairly new, and was considered "fireproof" because the structures above ground were made of concrete and steel, but the fire revealed deficiencies in design and in emergency response planning. I would have liked more photos, and more detailed maps of the mine layout, but the story is compelling and worth reading. ( )
  oregonobsessionz | Oct 24, 2016 |
A very good description of the 1909 fire in the Cherry coal mine. This book really brought the dangers of coal mining at the turn of the twentieth century to life. The courage and tenacity of the miners and the horrors they faced are strongly, but not melodramatically, portrayed. I would have liked more pictures and a map of the mine would have been helpful, but the writing was clear and vivid.

A good read, worth owning. ( )
  Helcura | Feb 8, 2010 |
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A gripping account of the worst coal mine fire in US history--the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster that claimed the lives of 259 men. "Drawing on diaries, letters, written accounts of survivors and testimony from the coroner's inquest...Tintori's engaging prose keeps readers on the edge" (Publishers Weekly). Inspired by a refrain of her girlhood--"Your grandfather survived the Cherry Mine disaster"--Karen Tintori began a search for her family's role in the harrowing tragedy of 1909. She uncovered the stories of victims, survivors, widows, orphans, townspeople, firefighters, reporters, and mine owners, and wove them together to pen Trapped, a riveting account of the tragic day that would inspire America's first worker's compensation laws and hasten much-needed child labor reform. On a Saturday morning in November of 1909, four hundred and eighty men went down into the mines as they had countless times before. But a fire erupted in the mineshaft that day and soon burned out of control. By nightfall, more than half the men would either be dead or trapped as officials sealed the mine in an attempt to contain the blaze. Miraculously, twenty men would emerge one week later, but not before the Cherry Mine disaster went down in history as the worst ever coal mine fire in the US--and not before all the treachery and heroism of mankind were revealed.

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