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Blocton: The History of an Alabama Coal Mining Town

Adams, Charles Edward

ISBN 10: 0971191301 / ISBN 13: 9780971191303
Published by Cahaba Trace Commission, Brierfield, AL, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. xi, 339 pp, memorials, preface foreword, 10 chapters, appendices, bibliography, index, list of contributors with b&w illustrations throughout. 1/8" closed tear at bottom edge spine near rear panel, else, Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Black cloth. Size: 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 001238

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Title: Blocton: The History of an Alabama Coal ...

Publisher: Cahaba Trace Commission, Brierfield, AL

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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"Blocton" is a beautiful, 8 1/2" x 11" cloth bound book with 240 photographs, most previously unpublished. The saga begins with two entrepreneurs, Truman Aldrich and Cornelius Cadle, who created the Cahaba Coal Mining Company and pushed a railroad eight miles into the wilderness of Bibb County, Alabama to tap thick veins of coal deep underground. There, they built the town called Blocton. Beside the company town rose West Blocton. The social fabric of the two communities was extraordinary containing a tapestry of nationalities from Italians to Russian Jews, Slavs, and Welsh.

About the Author:

A West Blocton resident for his first eighteen years, Charles E. Adams was the son of a miner maimed in a Blocton mine explosion and black listed by the company for union activities. Adams served as Conference Director in Continuing Education at the University of Alabama for twenty-eight years. He resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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