Graduate student Brandon Nida is focusing on the 1921 conflict as mountaintop removal threatens the area.
Blair Mountain was the site of the largest labor insurrection in US history. In 1921, ten thousand armed West Virginian coal miners fought against a private army that was backed by coal operators defending an oppressive system of exploitation. Today, the battlefield is threatened by both mountaintop removal and smaller operations such as logging and gas well drilling.
(Photo by Kenneth King)