Which Side Are You On?
The Story of a Song tells of the 1931 classic union song written by
Florence Reece, as she and her family survived a rain of bullets while being attacked by thugs hired by the mine company. Florence's husband Sam, was a coal miner and union organizer in Kentucky, where many of the coal mines were owned by big companies,
who kept wages low and spent little money on safety. Miners lived in company houses on company land and were paid in scrip, good only at the company store. The company owned the miners almost as if they were enslaved. The miners went on strike until they could get better pay, safer working conditions, and health care. George Ella Lyon tells this hair-raising story through the eyes of one of Florence's daughters, a dry-witted, pig-tailed girl whose vantage point is from under the bed with her six brothers and sisters as they wonder if
they will survive. Learn from this comic-book-like publication as you discuss it with
friends. For more information, contact Jay Locker at 251.586.8580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.