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When Keating (1937-2006) retired from construction work and truck driving in the early 1990s, he redoubled the time and energy he was spending as a historian and preservationist of the anthracite coal industry, founding the Anthracite Living History Group and the Avondale Disaster Site Preservation Committee. Gradually he convinced Wolensky (sociology, U. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and sociology and history, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) that the conventional version of the disaster was wrong, and to help him find the facts. The topics include accident or arson, labor and regional conflicts, the Welsh-Irish and the Molly Maguires, mine safety and other legacies, and memorializing and reinterpreting. Appended are a glossary, timeline, and ballads and poems. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Robert P. Wolensky serves as Professor of Sociology and Co-director of the Center for the Small City at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, and as Adjunct Professor of Sociology and History at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A native of the Wyoming Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania, he has authored and co-authored books on the Tropical Storm Agnes flood of 1972, the Knox Mine Disaster of 1959, and the ladies' garment workers industry in Pennsylvania between 1944 and 2000. He is also the director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Oral and Life History Project. He earned an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a doctoral degree from Penn State University.Joseph M. Keating (1937–2006) was the founder of the Anthracite Living History Group in 2000, and the Avondale Disaster Site Preservation Committee in 2005. He was known as a leading anthracite preservationist and folklorist. Born in Larksville, Pennsylvania, he was a life-long resident of the Wyoming Valley. He worked as a truck driver for numerous construction companies, his last job before retirement being at the nuclear power station in Salem Township, Pennsylvania. He authored Report With Honor: The Civil War, 1861–1865, Volunteers from Luzerne and Surrounding Counties (2005), as well as a posthumously published volume, Anthracite Tears: Youth Mining Fatalities, Ages Seven to Eighteen, In Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, 1870–1920 (2007), which documents the often dangerous work lives of young boys in anthracite mines.
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