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Migration and the Transformation of the Southern Workplace since 1945$
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Robert Cassanello, Colin J. Davis, and Melanie Shell-Weiss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034034

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034034.001.0001

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“Wearing Their Own Tombstones on Their Backs”

“Wearing Their Own Tombstones on Their Backs”

Globalization and the Coalfields of Alabama and Colombia, 1970–2003

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Migration and the Transformation of the Southern Workplace since 1945

Robert H. Woodrum

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines migration in two important ways. First, it addresses the transformation of coal mining in Alabama as deep-mining gave way to strip-mining throughout the state. This created circumstances in which miners had to become more mobile and periodically travel throughout the state for work. Second, it presents the migration of capital from Alabama to Colombia, as the Drummond Company abandoned deep-mining in Alabama for deep-mining in Colombia, where labor and corporation laws were much less regulated. As the company moved into Colombia, the conditions of workers in Alabama became much more transitory and tenuous while their lives became linked with their contemporaries in Colombia.

Keywords:   migration, coal mining, Alabama, strip-mining, miners, transient labor, Colombia, Drummond Company, deep-mining

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