Songs from Movies

Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

This film documents the coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973. Eastovers refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more than a year and included violent battles between gun-toting company thugs/scabs and the picketing miners and their supportive women-folk. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA.

The movie Harlan County U.S.A., released in 1976, features 13 songs from artists like David Morris. What is your favorite song from Harlan County U.S.A.?


Songs from Harlan County U.S.A.

Dark as a Dungeon
Forty-Two Years
Come All You Coal Miners
David Morris
Black Lung
Cold Blooded Murder
Miners Life
Which Side Are You On
This Little Light of Mine
Coal Tatoo
Trouble Among Yearlings
Lone Prairie
They Can Never Keep Us Down

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