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LaborOnline features short essays that discuss labor and working class history and its meaning for the present. We feature one essay from each issue of the quarterly journal, Labor: Studies in Working Class History. Contact editor Rosemary Feurer ([email protected]) if you have an idea or story for the blog. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter, @LaborOnline! Subscribe to the LAWCHA RSS Feed!

Sherwood: The Crimes of Thatcher’s War

Is there life after coal, what future for the collier? The scab and the hardliner both, wear the blue scars of the miner Rising up now from the earth, we’re branded and we’re blinded The sunlight and the dole queue boast, the blue scars of the miner Is there anything but drink, drugs and last reminders A single tear drop rolling down, the blue scars of the miner

–Lyrics from the “Blue Scars of the Miner,” The Freakons, 2022.

  As the camera floats over a dense forest at the start of Sherwood, the new BBC crime drama, the voice of Arthur Scargill, president of Great Britain’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), breaks through the rustling of the treetops. Read more →

January 12th, 2023