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Author Resnick, Susan Kushner.

Title Goodbye wifes and daughters [electronic resource] / Susan Kushner Resnick.

Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2010.

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Description 1 online resource (xx, 227 pages, [12] pages of plates) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary One morning in 1943, close to eighty men descended into the Smith coal mine in Bearcreek, Montana. Only three came out alive. "Goodbye wifes and daughters . . ." wrote two of the miners as they died. The story of that tragic day and its aftermath unfolds in this book through the eyes of those wives and daughters, women who lost their husbands, fathers, and sons, livelihoods, neighbors, and homes, yet managed to fight back and persevere. The author has uncovered the story behind all those losses. She chronicles the missteps and questionable ethics of the mine's managers, who blamed their disregard for safety on the exigencies of World War II. Also recounted are the efforts of an earnest federal mine inspector and the mine union's president (later a notorious murderer), who tried in vain to make the mine safer, as well as the heroism of the men who battled for nine days to rescue the trapped miners; and the effect the disaster had on the entire mining industry. She illuminates a particular historical tragedy with all its human ramifications while also reminding us that such tragedies caused by corporate greed and indifference are with us to this day.
Contents Prologue: The centennial -- The romance -- The inspection -- The teenagers -- The union -- The mice -- The notebook -- The explosion -- The panic -- The rescuers -- The travelers -- The wait -- The games -- The beloved -- The good-byes -- The grief -- The clues -- The exodus -- The inquest -- The blame -- The crash -- The survivors.
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Subject Bearcreek (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century.
Bearcreek (Mont.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Coal mine accidents -- Montana -- Bearcreek -- History -- 20th century.
Coal mine accidents -- Social aspects -- Montana -- Bearcreek -- History -- 20th century.
Coal miners -- Montana -- Bearcreek -- History -- 20th century.
Wives -- Montana -- Bearcreek -- Biography.
Women -- Montana -- Bearcreek -- Biography.
Disasters -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies.
Bearcreek (Mont.) -- Biography.
Coal mines and mining -- Montana -- Safety measures -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Title Goodbye wives and daughters
Other Form: Print version: Resnick, Susan Kushner. Goodbye wifes and daughters. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2010 9780803217843 (DLC) 2009030035 (OCoLC)428731344
ISBN 9780803228368 (electronic bk.)
0803228368 (electronic bk.)