by Denise Giardina
relating to Storming Heaven
- West Virginia's Mine Wars
- Electronic Field Trip to a Coal Mine
The oppressive conditions depicted in Giardinas novel existed in the southern West Virginia coal fields of 75 years ago. Modern miningspecifically, modern mining in Kentuckycan look and feel very different. In December 1995, KET aired a live Electronic Field Trip to a coal mine; these companion web pages include many coal-related study aides.
- Kentucky Life Program 425
includes a segment about Barthell, a restored coal-mining company town in McCreary County.