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A riveting account of one of the largest mine disasters in American history, "Trapped" captures the epic human drama surrounding the fire that claimed 259 lives on the morning of November 13, 1909 in the depths of St. Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois.
The granddaughter of one of the survivors of one of the largest mine disasters in American history offers an in-depth account of the tragedy the took the lives of 259 miners, describing the horrific fire that devastated the St. Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois, the various personalities involved, the trial that followed the catastrophe, and the implications of the fire and the enactment of American worker's compensation laws. Reprint.
Editors Note 1
Inspired by a refrain of her girlhood -- "Your grandfather survived the Cherry Mine disaster" -- Karen Tintori began a search for her family's role in the harrowing tragedy of 1909. She uncovered the stories of victims, survivors, widows, orphans, townspeople, firefighters, reporters, and mine owners, and wove them together to pen Trapped, a riveting account of the tragic day that would inspire America's first worker's compensation laws and hasten much-needed child labor reform.On a Saturday morning in November of 1909, four hundred and eighty men went down into the mines as they had countless times before. But a fire erupted in the mineshaft that day and soon burned out of control. By nightfall, more than half the men would either be dead or trapped as officials sealed the mine in an attempt to contain the blaze. Miraculously, twenty men would emerge one week later, but not before the Cherry Mine disaster went down in history as the worst ever coal mine fire in the U.S. -- and not before all the treachery and heroism of mankind were revealed.
Editors Note 2
The granddaughter of a survivor recounts the tragedy that killed 259 miners, describing the fire that devastated a coal mine in Cherry, Illinois, the trial that followed, and the implications for workers' compensation laws.