TRUTH BE TOLD-Perspectives on the Great West Virginia Mine War, 1890 to the Present challenges mainstream versions of the history of the coal miners of West Virginia .
The book is a "stand alone" appetizer for those new to people's history and also serves well as a companion to Blizzard's WHEN MINERS MARCH. New materials include a look at Blair Mountain as a victory for the miners and further documentation of the institutionalized forced sexual servitude of the southern West Virginia coal camps. Michael Kline shares an interview with Larry Layne, the federal mine inspector who discovered that the deadly explosion at Farmington was not an accident, as well as an oral history from Cecil Roberts, UMWA president. William C. Blizzard offers a 1963 bio of John L. Lewis providing insights rare to accounts of John L.. This small anthology exposes the bias and falsehoods offered by the State Museum , the infamous "Golden Horseshoe", and all too often in classrooms throughout the state.