By W.P. TAMS JR.
The Smokeless Coal Fields of West Virginia: a short History first seemed in 1963, a bit ebook by way of a guy with out education as both a author or a historian. in view that then, this quantity has develop into a necessary sourcebook, consulted and quoted in approximately each examine of coal box background. The brilliant impression and sturdiness of the ebook are as a result of either the data in it and the character at the back of it. in the course of the first half the 20 th century, William Purviance Tams lived coal. emerging from a tender coal engineer to a senior coal baron, Tams stood on the heart of Southern West Virginia industrialization. whilst he offered his corporation in 1955, Tams used to be the final of the previous owner-operators, males without own or monetary curiosity outdoor of coal. Tams wrote a booklet that can in basic terms have come from an final insider. the standard paintings of mining coal is here-laying song, blasting and loading the coal. So is the typical enterprise of coal, from sinking shafts and ventilating the paintings zone, to administering a city and conserving the employees happy.
Tams provides the monetary info of the risky company, and provides tablet biographies of the opposite significant builders of the Southern West Virginia coal fields. It used to be a keenness for Tams. He by no means married, and tended his enterprise and his city with paternal care. After retirement, this business baron spent his ultimate a long time in a modest bungalow in his little coal-camp neighborhood, staring at town he had outfitted fade again into the mountains. it's W. P. Tams's ardour and perspective, up to his position on the heart of heritage, which make The Smokeless Coal Fields of West Virginia worthy interpreting approximately forty years after its first book. Tams's 1963 account of his profession, The Smokeless Coal Fields of West Virginia, deals a distinct point of view at the company and the lifetime of coal mining. The ebook is mainly precious for its account of the lifestyle and paintings of the miners, engineers, and households within the mines and within the mining cities. Our reprint of this attention-grabbing and significant ebook combines Tams's unique paintings with a brand new creation through Ronald D. Eller, writer of Miners, Millhands, & Mountaineers.
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