Today in History: Anthracite Coal Strike

Emergency hospital in anthracite coal mines
Today in History–October 3–the Library of Congress features the Anthracite coal strike. On this day in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt met with miners and coalfield operators in an attempt to settle the five-month-old strike; he was the first U.S. president to intervene in a labor dispute. Roosevelt appointed a commission to help negotiate terms of a settlement, which they did. Just twenty days later, on October 23, 1902, the miners returned to work. Learn more about this and other coal miner labor struggles by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more information and resources related to the Anthracite miners and other coal miners.

Anthracite coal strike: 1902 historical newspaper coverage

Anthracite coal books & articles

Anthracite CoalThe New-England Magazine Volume 1, Issue 6, December 1831

The Anthracite Coal Fields of Pennsylvania, and their ExhaustionManufacturer and Builder Volume 12, Issue 11, November 1880

Notes on the Preparation of Anthracite CoalManufacturer and Builder Volume 19, Issue 6, June 1887

Coal is King: The Supply of Anthracite Coal in PennsylvaniaThe Century; a popular quarterly Volume 55, Issue 6, Apr 1898

Map of the canals and railroads for transporting anthracite coal from the several coal fields to the city of New York (1856)

Map of Through Traffic Railway from the middle & southern anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania to New York via Perth Amboy (1868)

Anthracite coal miner image set

Songs and Ballads of the Anthracite Miners

Coal miner image set

Coal miner books & articles

Coal miner oral histories

“Coal Miner’s Song” (audio)

Songs and Ballads of the Bituminous Coal Miners

Coal miner legislation