Fire and brimstone : the North Butte mining disaster of 1917 (Book, 2006) [WorldCat.org]
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Fire and brimstone : the North Butte mining disaster of 1917

Author: Michael Punke
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, ©2006.
Series: Book club kit.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Summary:
The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked by a tragic accident more than two thousand feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas through a labyrinth of tunnels. Within three days, 164 trapped miners were dead. While the disaster is compelling in its own right, this book also tells a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Punke
ISBN: 140130155X 9781401301552 9781401308896 1401308899
OCLC Number: 61285719
Description: viii, 338 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 There Is a Sign 1 --
2 Like a Gigantic Torch 8 --
3 The Richest Hill on Earth 16 --
4 What Men Will Do 26 --
5 Sweetened Corruption 40 --
6 Helmet Men Braving Death 47 --
7 Standard Oil Coffins 60 --
8 Then We Met Duggan 75 --
9 Hey Jack, What the Hell 84 --
10 If the Worst Comes 98 --
11 Dreading to Look 105 --
12 Now Is the Time 116 --
13 Men Alive! 122 --
14 Bamboozeling or Abuse 134 --
15 Too Good Miners 145 --
16 In the Dark 153 --
17 We're Dying in Here 161 --
18 Point of Eruption 169 --
19 For You and the Child 180 --
20 Dupes and Catspaws 188 --
21 Others Take Notice 202 --
22 Spy Fever 213 --
23 What Will Become of Them 226 --
24 Some Little Body of Men 235 --
25 Down Deep 253 --
Epilogue: "Normal for Its Time" 273.
Series Title: Book club kit.
Responsibility: Michael Punke.
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The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked by a tragic accident more than two thousand feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas through a labyrinth of tunnels. Within three days, 164 trapped miners were dead. While the disaster is compelling in its own right, this book also tells a broader story. Butte, Montana, on the eve of the North Butte disaster, was a volatile jumble of antiwar protest, an abusive corporate master, seething labor unrest, divisive ethnic tension, and radicalism both left and right. It was a powder keg lacking only a spark, and the mine fire would ignite strikes, murder, ethnic and political witch hunts, occupation by federal troops, and ultimately a battle over presidential power.--From publisher description.

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