Well known for The
Jungle, his scathing exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn
of the twentieth century, Upton Sinclair here takes on yet another massive
industry: coal mining.
Based on the 1914 and 1915 Colorado coal strikes, King Coal describes the abhorrent conditions
faced by workers in the western United States’ coal mining industry during the
1910s. The story follows Hal Warner, a rich man looking to get a better view of
the lives of commoners. It is a tale of struggle, threats, and violence, of
hardened men and the advocacy for workers’ rights. In this business, the road
to unionization is a rocky one. Download and start listening now!