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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Harlan County U.S.A. for showing
us that the Unions are still absolutely essential. Without them
no worker safety and no compensation for injury.

Harlan County U.S.A.
United Mine Workers of America On Strike

Harlan County U.S.A. (2010) - 103 minutes
Harlan County U.S.A. at Amazon.com

A film by Barbara Kopple

Barbara Kopple's Academy Award-winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners' strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners' sometimes violent confrontations with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack - with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece - the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.

(Webmaster's comment: Yes, that's right, Company Thugs! In effect they are still used to protect the rich executive's profits by using physical violence against those who are seen as threats to those profits.)


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Harlan County U.S.A.
United Mine Workers of America On Strike

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Harlan County U.S.A. for showing
us that the Unions are still absolutely essential. Without them
no worker safety and no compensation for injury.