Songs of the Workers: Miners
Of all occupations, the job of the miner is one of the most dangerous.
For the people of the Appalachians, coal mining has brought both prosperity and sorrow. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the demand for coal has provided a living for many people deep in the mountains.
For most of the region’s history coal was dug underground and brought to the surface. Few of us would tolerate the dangers of working underground, but for many it is the only option for a steady paycheck.