Book Talk: "Coal Wars: Unions, Strikes, and Violence in Depression-Era Central Washington"

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way, N.E., Seattle, Washington 98105 - Google Map

The grandson of a Roslyn miner, author David Bullock (professor and chair of the Communications and Languages Department at Walla Walla University) grew up hearing about the early days in the Roslyn-Cle Elum coal fields. In his fascinating and informative new book, Bullock tells the story of the divisive labor strikes of 1934 and their lasting scars that still mark the region today. Drawing on in-depth archival research and interviews with residents, Bullock offers a human perspective on the violent clash between local and national unions, mine owners, and politicians—all set against the background of a national economic collapse. Joining us for a reading and signing, Bullock will share the story of the historic event and its connection to ongoing internal conflict in the labor movement and the role of New Deal policies and politics in shaping this region.