Cultural Studies Observation

Reminded me of the variety of country songs about coal mining. Interesting historical song.

In many ways, the song is no less descriptive and educational as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle which disclosed the horrible conditions within meatpacking plants in the early 1900s. The one difference the song has over any books written about meatpacking or coal mining is that sometimes such songs were used as a way to vent but to also unify workers within these industries through the communal/participatory nature of singing. Very blues like in the stating of problems, but still maintaining and moving on.

~ by Adam Maikkula on November 19, 2010.

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