posts and bio Rohan Palacios

Rohan Palacios is a labor educator and writer based in Washington D.C. He studied at Washington University in St. Louis, where he wrote a history honors thesis on labor and civil rights organizing in the city, and graduated from the Union Semester program at the City University of New York. He currently works at the Climate Jobs Institute in Cornell's ILR School.

Media and Memory: The Battle of Blair Mountain

by on November 10, 2023

“Logan County Bristles with Machine Guns… Gaunt Hollow-eyed Men hold Ridges…Every Path is Guarded.” On September 1st, 1921, Washington Times announced that headline from West Virginia. Ten thousand armed coal miners occupied Blair Mountain in the state’s southern coalfields. In pitched mountainside battles in the days afterward, the miners aimed their rifles at local and federal law enforcement, who responded with machine guns, bombs and poison gas, exchanging thousands of rounds of ammunition.

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