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Monongah documents the events that led to the worst industrial accident in United States history, which claimed hundreds of lives on the morning of December 6, 1907. Nearly thirty years of exhaustive research have led McAteer to the conclusion that close to 500 men and boys—many of them immigrants—lost their lives that day, leaving hundreds of women widowed and more than one thousand children orphaned. Within this books, McAteer delves deeply into the personalities, economic forces, and social landscape of the mining communities of north central West Virginia at the beginning of the twentieth century. The tragedy at Monongah led to a greater awareness of industrial working conditions, and ultimately to the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, which Davitt McAteer helped to enact.
2007 ForeWord Magazine Finalist in the History category
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Davitt McAteer is internationally recognized as an expert on mine and workplace health and safety. He has worked with consumer advocate Ralph Nader to enact the 1969 Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. He was also involved in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero shortly after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. He has also conducted an independent investigation on the cause of the Sago Mine Disaster. Today McAteer is vice president of Wheeling Jesuit University and maintains a law office in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he lives with his wife Kathryn.
"Monongah is an important book, long overdue."
"McAteer skillfully analyzes the tragedy, examining players on the company side from the upper levels of the rich and powerful to the mine supervision and operations level, while giving equal weight and voice to the immigrant groups that provided the vast majority of the victims... It is fortuante that a man of David McAteer's caliber undertook to tell the tragic story."
"Monongah is a major scholary work, and another in a series of WVU Press offerings that tells previously untold stories about the people who really built West Virginia, and often suffered in doing so."
"[Monongah] is a compelling, cautionary tale of avarice and corruption, as well as a testament to the ultimate resilience of exploited people."
"McAteer's work is undeniably significant and his extensive research is evident."