Cover image for The Knox Mine Disaster, January 22, 1959: The Final Years of the Northern Anthracite Industry and the Effort to Rebuild a Regional Economy By Robert P. Wolensky, Kenneth C. Wolensky, and Nicole H. Wolensky

The Knox Mine Disaster, January 22, 1959

The Final Years of the Northern Anthracite Industry and the Effort to Rebuild a Regional Economy

Robert P. Wolensky, Kenneth C. Wolensky, and Nicole H. Wolensky

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$17.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-89271-081-2

182 pages
6" × 9"
1999
Distributed by the Penn State Press for Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

The Knox Mine Disaster, January 22, 1959

The Final Years of the Northern Anthracite Industry and the Effort to Rebuild a Regional Economy

Robert P. Wolensky, Kenneth C. Wolensky, and Nicole H. Wolensky

The Knox Mine Disaster is much more than a history of an accident—or an industry, for that matter. Because the book draws on the recollections of miners and their families, industry officials, and individuals involved in the legal aftermath of the disaster, it is an epic drama that is as spellbinding as it is sensational. Candid photographs of members of this cast of characters lend a human element that overshadows the gaping hole in the riverbed, the billions of gallons of water that crashed through it, and the tons of twisted equipment and machinery.

 

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The Knox Mine Disaster is much more than a history of an accident—or an industry, for that matter. Because the book draws on the recollections of miners and their families, industry officials, and individuals involved in the legal aftermath of the disaster, it is an epic drama that is as spellbinding as it is sensational. Candid photographs of members of this cast of characters lend a human element that overshadows the gaping hole in the riverbed, the billions of gallons of water that crashed through it, and the tons of twisted equipment and machinery.

Robert P. Wolensky is Professor of Sociology and Codirector of the Center for the Small City at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

Kenneth C. Wolensky is a Pennsylvania historian who spent over two decades in state service, including fourteen years at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Nicole H. Wolensky is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Winona State University. The Wolenskys have authored several books together, including Fighting for the Union Label (Penn State, 2002), and Voices of the Knox Mine Disaster.